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Michael Crabtree is set to make his season debut after sustaining a torn right Achilles tendon in May. (USATSI)
SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree practiced fully for three consecutive days this week and was not listed on the 49ers’ injury report.
Crabtree will return to action Sunday at Candlestick Park against the St. Louis Rams for his first time since sustaining a torn right Achilles tendon in May.
“Looks that way,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Friday.
And it looks that way because of how Crabtree has looked in practices.
When asked if he sees the same old Michael Crabtree while watching practice video, Crabtree answered, “Yeah, for the most part, it did. That’s probably what made me feel comfortable -- just practicing every day and really feeling the ground with my foot.”
Crabtree declared himself ready to make his season debut after taking part in four weeks of practices since Nov. 5. The 49ers officially activated him to the 53-man roster on Tuesday off the physically-unable-to-perform list.
“I’m ready to play,” Crabtree said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Crabtree led the 49ers in receiving last season with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. In his absence through 11 games, veteran Anquan Boldin was the 49ers’ top pass-catcher 52 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns.
So what should be expected from Crabtree and Boldin together at the 49ers’ wideout positions?
”I don’t want to hype nothing up,” Crabtree said. “I just want to go out there and play ball like I do every Sunday when I’m out there. It’s going to be good to be out there with everybody.
“It’s really going to be great to be out there with Anquan, though, somebody I looked up to when I was younger, and play beside him. Last year, I had Randy Moss. This year, it’s Anquan. Every year, they give me somebody that’s a vet.”
As a rookie in 2009, Crabtree joined a team that featured Isaac Bruce, who ranks seventh all-time in receptions and fourth in receiving yards. Moss is third in receiving yards and 10th in catches.
Boldin, an 11th-year pro, ranks 24th all-time with 824 catches, and 31st with 10,889 yards. And with Crabtree out of action, he said he has paid particular attention to picking up aspects of Boldin’s game that he can apply upon his return.
“I’m learning from everybody,” Crabree said. “Anquan is an old guy, older cat, been in the league for awhile. I’d be a fool to not steal something from him.”