Crabtree not available to play against Saints

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Crabtree not available to play against Saints
November 16, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers 32nd rank passing offense could use wide reciever Michael Crabtree as soon as possible. (AP IMAGES)

NEW ORLEANS -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree will not be available for the 49ers on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Crabtree, who did not see action in team drills during the week of practices, remains on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list. The deadline passed Saturday afternoon for the 49ers to activate Crabtree to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game.

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Instead, the 49ers activated tight end Derek Carrier from the practice squad to fill the team's roster vacancy. Carrier is expected to be in uniform against the Saints with third tight end Garrett Celek (hamstring) unavailable to play against the Saints.

Crabtree was cleared to practice on Nov. 5, less than six months after surgery to repair his Achilies tendon. He is not expected to play in the 49ers' next game, Monday, Nov. 25, against Washington, either.

The 49ers plan to activate Crabtree to the active roster by Nov. 26, when the 21-day practice window closes. If Crabtree is not ready for game action, he can continue to practice while on the 53-man roster and the 49ers can decide on a game-by-game basis whether to suit him up for games.