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After taking a hard hit early, Michael Crabtree bounced back to play 41 of of the 49ers' 66 snaps on offense. (AP)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wide receiver Michael Crabtree declared himself fine for the NFC Championship game after appearing to be bothered by a shoulder injury throughout Sunday’s game.
Crabtree missed three snaps early in the game with a right shoulder injury when Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn threw him to the ground at the end of a play.
“I feel like it was unnecessary, but it’s cool,” Crabtree said. “I stopped after the play, and the dude kept going. I stopped, and he slammed me on my head anyway. OK, that’s what type of game it’s going to be.”
Crabtree played 41 snaps in the game and caught three passes for 26 yards, including a stretching 20-yard grab near the end of first half that led to the team’s first touchdown in the 49ers’ 23-10 victory.
“I’m not hurt,” Crabtree said. “I’m just playing ball.”
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Fullback Will Tukuafu started Sunday’s game but was available for just three plays before sustaining a left knee sprain.
Tukuafu was injured on the first series of the game when his leg bent awkwardly as Munnerlyn tackled him. Tukuafu did not return, and his status for next week’s game will be determined throughout the week.
The injury is similar to the MCL sprain that left tackle Joe Staley sustained on Dec. 1 against the St. Louis Rams, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Staley did not return to action and was expected to miss a game. However, he returned to action the following week.
With Tukuafu unavailable, backup fullback Anthony Dixon played 27 snaps on offense. Dixon played just six snaps of offense a week earlier against the Green Bay Packers.
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Offensive play time
66 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, C Jonathan Goodwin, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis.
65 -- TE Vernon Davis, LG Mike Iupati
57 -- WR Anquan Boldin
49 -- RB Frank Gore
41 -- WR Michael Crabtree
30 -- TE Vance McDonald
27 -- FB Anthony Dixon
16 -- WR Quinton Patton
13 -- TE Garrett Celek
12 -- RB Kendall Hunter
8 -- OL Adam Snyder
4 -- WR Kassim Osgood
3 -- FB Will Tukuafu, RB LaMichael James, OL Daniel Kilgore