Are 49ers 'back' when Crabtree returns?
The 49ers could unveil wide receiver Michael Crabtree paired with Anquan Boldin on the field at the same time Sunday at Candlestick Park. In fact, coach Jim Harbaugh said he "anticipates" Crabtree is done sitting out games.
And St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher is expecting to see it with the 49ers activating Crabtree off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Tuesday.
“We’re expecting him to play,” Fisher said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “You go back and look before the injury and what he did for them and we’re familiar with that. We have respect for his ability. Our young group of DBs is certainly going to be challenged.”
Boldin is the 49ers’ leading receiver with 52 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns. Crabtree is coming off a torn Achilles he sustained in May. Crabtree led the 49ers last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
“Yeah, it’s hard for us to predict how the 49ers offense and their staff is going to utilize him this week,” Fisher said. “But we have to be prepared for everything.”
“It gives them an additional weapon. Michael is an outstanding player. We hope he maybe waits another week. But it gives the offense another weapon and it creates problems for you defensively.”
Crabtree is believed to have taken part in limited practice during the 21-day window in which he was allowed to practice before the 49ers were forced to make a move to bring him to the 53-man roster.
Fisher is expecting Crabtree to be at full strength in Sunday’s matchup featuring NFC West teams.
“Certainly, you’re not going to play the player unless he’s fit to play and 100-percent recovered from the surgery,” Fisher said. “But people come back from Achilles all the time. We had an Achilles in May at the receiver position and the player came back to full speed a full month ago.”
Undrafted rookie wide receiver C.J. Akins sustained a torn Achilles in May. After he was medically cleared, the Rams waived him on Oct. 21.