SANTA CLARA -- Receiver Michael Crabtree will return to practice Thursday, he said, and promised to be in the starting lineup when the 49ers take the field to face the Dallas Cowboys.
Crabtee said he worked at a concession stand at the old Texas Stadium and moved on to become a vender selling popcorn and hotdogs in the stands at Cowboys games.
“And now being able to play them, that’s a big change,” he said in front of his locker at Levi's Stadium. “Anybody’s got to be excited for that. I can’t wait to get back home.”
Crabtree, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a minor calf strain, said he is excited to get on the field for the opening of the regular season -- regardless of the opposition.
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“It’s big for the team, period,” he said. “This whole season. We got a lot on the table right now. Every game counts. Every game. One game at a time. I know a lot of people say it, but it’s so true. Right now, we’re just one game at a time, and the first one is the Cowboys.
"Very excited to play these guys and show them what we got.”
Crabtree enters the final year of his contract. Recently, the NFL Network reported that 49ers and Crabtree were making progress toward a contract extension. But three days before the regular-season opener, there is still no extension.
“All I think about is football,” Crabtree said. “Right now, we’re thinking about the Cowboys. We got a lot of things to think about. I don’t worry about all that. I let it handle itself. Right now, we’re thinking about the Cowboys.
“I wish I could talk to you about the contract, but I can’t. We really don’t need to be talking about it. There’s no contract right now. “