Harbaugh: Crabtree injury a minor bump in the road


Harbaugh: Crabtree injury a minor bump in the road

SANTA CLARA -- Receiver Michael Crabtree's absence from training camp has been one of the major storylines in each of his four summers with the 49ers.
There was his contract stalemate as a rookie, followed by a whiplash injury a week into his second training camp that prevented him from suiting up for any exhibition games. Last year, Crabtree underwent surgery to repair a left foot fracture just prior to the start of camp.As a fourth-year professional, Crabtree was completely healthy when camp began on July 27. But he sustained a lower right leg injury late in the first practice. He has not been on the field since. On Friday, he missed his sixth consecutive day of practice.
"The thing I feel for Michael -- I know he's feeling, too -- he came (into camp) in such great shape," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He looked fantastic. We feel like we'll get him back soon and we can pick right up."I don't think this is going to be a major bump in the road. I think it'll be a minor one. He's chomping at the bit to get back out there and I anticipate that happening soon."Crabtree will have to get cleared to return to practice soon if he has any hope of ending his streak of 12 exhibition games without suiting up. Crabtree was seen rehabbing on a side field Friday. He ran distances in which he slowly built up to near top speed.Harbaugh said he does not anticipate any lingering impact on the rapport between Crabtree and quarterback Alex Smith because of the amount of quality work they achieved during the offseason program."Both of them had fantastic offseasons," Harbaugh said. "Michael was lean, in shape, tip-top shape, moving extremely well. So I don't anticipate any issues when he gets back."Likewise, Smith said he is not concerned that there will be any long-term impact from the time Crabtree misses at the start of this camp."At this point, I'm not worried about it," Smith said. "He had such a great spring and summer. I don't know when he's going to be back, but we look forward to his return. Hopefully, it's not too long. I know I feel good about what he got done this offseason. It's a long camp. I feel like he'll be back and get some good work in."Last year, Crabtree was inactive for the second game of the regular season with his foot injury. Through three weeks, Crabtree caught just four passes for 28 yards. He ended the regular season as the 49ers' top receiver with 72 catches for 874 yards.

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.