Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree is set to make his season debut Sunday against the St. Louis Rams after missing 11 games with a torn Achilles tendon.
The only questions left to be answered are how much playing time Crabtree will see and how well his Achilles’ tendon will hold up.
San Francisco will be holding out against hope that Crabtree doesn’t suffer any setbacks Sunday like Seahawks’ receiver Percy Harvin recently did, putting him in doubt for Monday Night’s showdown against New Orleans.
Michael Crabtree’s return will be a welcomed addition to a passing attack that ranks dead last in the NFL at under 200 yards passing a game. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 14 touchdown passes have been spread out amongst only two targets this season, Vernon Davis (9) and Anquan Boldin (5).
With Mario Manningham back and Jon Baldwin seeing more playing time as the No. 3 receiver, Michael Crabtree might see playing time as the 4th wide receiver in very limited down situations, such as 3rd and long.
Except to see Crabtree play on a very limited basis Sunday and to be extremely protected next week against the division leading Seattle Seahawks, who currently hold a three game lead in the division, including a head-to-head tie breaker.