The San Francisco 49ers may be without one of their top wide receivers next season.
According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles during a team workout on Tuesday and will undergo surgery that could potentially end his season before it even started. He is going through additional tests to confirm the injury, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Without Crabtree, the 49ers offense is not nearly as potent. He caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards last season for nine touchdowns. It was surely a breakout year for Crabtree, who was poised for more success in 2013-2014.
This could be an opportunity for other guys to step up. A.J. Jenkins barely saw any playing time last season despite being drafted in the first round. Fourth-round pick Quinton Patton in this year’s draft could step in and play a big role as a rookie.
This injury makes the trade for Anquan Boldin look even better. Boldin was acquired from the Baltimore Ravens for just a sixth round pick, and has a lot left in him. He will most likely become the 49ers top receiving threat.
Look for Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams to get more playing time as well, if they can recover from their injuries that sidelined them for the latter portion of last season.
The 49ers could now potentially look to bring back the veteran Randy Moss, who played for them last year but has not been brought back and is still a free agent.