49ers injury report- Crabtree expected to play

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49ers injury report- Crabtree expected to play

SANTA CLARA -- Receiver Michael Crabtree is expected to return to the 49ers' lineup Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals after missing a game with a left foot injury.Crabtree is listed as probable on the official 49ers injury report.Coach Jim Harbaugh declined to disclose how Crabtree would fit into the 49ers' plan against the Bengals. Joshua Morgan and Ted Ginn took over as the 49ers' wideouts in most packages in the absence of Crabtree and Braylon Edwards last week against the Dallas Cowboys.Edwards is expected to miss approximately a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus cartilage this week. It's not known if Crabtree will start, but he could initially enter Sunday's game on third downs as a slot receiver."I don't want to get into what the plan is, what our thinking is, or how he'll be used in the game, or how many plays he's going to be in, what specific routes he's going to be running, how that effects next week," Harbaugh said. "This week is the game. We're playing to win this one. And Michael Crabtree is part of the game plan, and very likely and probable that he'll play."INJURY REPORT
49ERS
Out: WR Braylon Edwards (right knee), FB Moran Norris (left fibula).
Probable: QB Alex Smith (concussion), WR Michael Crabtree (left foot), CB Tramaine Brock (left hand).Friday practice report
Did not participate: Edwards, Norris.
Limited participation: Crabtree.
Full participation: Brock, Smith.BENGALS
Out: LB Dontay Moch (foot), WR Jordan Shipley (knee).
Doubtful: DE Robert Geathers (shoulder), G Otis Hudson (knee)
Questionable: WR Jerome Simpson (not injury related).
Probable: WR A.J. Green (toe), S Taylor Mays (knee), T Andre Smith (ankle).Friday practice report
Did not participate: Geathers, Moch, Hudson, Simpson.
Limited participation: Green, Andre Smith.
Full participation: Mays.

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”