Crabtree remains on target for late-season return

Crabtree remains on target for late-season return
July 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Michael Crabtree sustained a right Achilles tear on May 21 during an offseason workout. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree will go on the active physically-unable-to-perform list on Wednesday when the veterans are scheduled to report to training camp, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Crabtree will continue to count against the team's roster limit until the final cuts when the club then could transfer him to reserve PUP, which means he could return anywhere from Week 7 to Week 13.

Crabtree sustained a right Achilles tear on May 21 during an offseason workout and underwent surgery the following day. The 49ers believe Crabtree has a strong chance to be available late in the regular season.

"Talking to the doctor, and talking to Michael, (I) feel very good about where he is right now," Harbaugh said on Monday. (I) wouldn't categorize it as 'ahead of schedule' because he's just starting now to start moving on it. It's been just healing so far. But it looks great. That's the words of the doctors.

"We're optimistic there. Michael did a tremendous job, post-surgery. He stayed in town and did not leave and did not travel. He did everything he was being asked to do. They say it looks great."

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A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will line up at split end to compete for Crabtree's starting job. Harbaugh also mentioned Marlon Moore, who played caught six passes for the Miami Dolphins in 14 games last season, as a player who is "doing an outstanding job."

The 49ers do not appear ready to look for help from any veteran free agent.

"I feel like they're making a lot of progress," Harbaugh said "I feel good about where that stands right now. Continued competition will continue to be good for our team and those youngsters."

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