Michael Crabtree Tears AchillesPosted: May 22, 2013
San Francisco sure had a scare yesterday when Michael Crabtree left OTAs hurt, and they got even worse today in the form of confirmation that Crabtree fully tore his Achilles’ tendon.
It’s very bad news for a team’s pass attack that relies on Crabtree at receiver. Undoubtedly the loss puts pressure on the rest of the offense, notably on 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins and rookie fourth-founder Quinton Patton.
Additionally, this development may mean that coach Jim Harbaugh will rely more heavily on the run game, with every-down back Frank Gore sure to get the majority of carries — although it’s likely 2012 second-round pick LaMichael James will pick up some carries as a speedy change-of-pace back.
There is a chance Crabtree could be out for six months, with a possibility of returning towards the latter part of the season with the intention ramping up towards the playoffs. With that in mind, expect Crabtree to be given the injured reserve/designated to return tag so they can keep him off the roster until November or December.