Coming off a season of career bests, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree came into OTAs with high hopes of becoming the league’s leading receiver in 2013. Instead, two days into workouts, Crabtree has possibly seen the end of his season. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice and is rumored to be sidelined for six months.
Team officials were reluctant to divulge the injury yesterday, based on uncertainty of its severity. Crabtree is undergoing tests, including an MRI, which will determine whether the tendon is partially or completely torn. The extent of the injury will determine his treatment and prognosis, as well as offer 49ers fans (and fantasy owners) plenty of room to speculate on when the blossoming, young receiver might return.
Crabtree had 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He was a key to opening up the 49ers offensive game plan, especially after Colin Kaepernick was inserted as the the 49ers starting quarterback.
Let’s consider a few possibilities based on the extent of Crabtree’s injury. If his tendon is completely torn, his season is over. If it’s a partial tear, surgery will be required to repair the damage, but there’s a chance Crabtree could return late in the season. The 49ers are a probable lock for the playoffs, and the team would greatly benefit from Crabtree’s presence for another Super Bowl run.