Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) carries the ball in for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree Faces Difficult Challenge Ahead


If San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is going to play at all next season, he’s going to need a hell of a rehabilitation program.

Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in late May during OTAs, and had surgery shortly after. Earlier this week, he had his stitches removed, and now it’s time for the grind.

The 49ers No. 1 receiver faces a steep challenge ahead, and will need to aggressively rehab his Achilles.

Everyone knows that injury one’s Achilles tendon is devastating, but not many are aware of the reasons why.

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the human body, and is pivotal in a human’s ability to walk, run or jump.

I know that because I’m an avid runner, and my Achilles has been troubling at times. I haven’t torn it like Crabtree, but when I’m out on a run and feel it cramping up, it is painful to push off my foot on every step.

This is why you saw Kobe Bryant walking gingerly after he tore his Achilles, unable to push off his feet at all:

Now, in no way am I comparing myself to Crabtree or Kobe. These guys are professional athletes who push their bodies to the extreme limit, while I’m just a guy who runs to stay in shape.

But for any athlete, be it pro or amateur, tearing an Achilles is like losing your lifeline. Losing a tendon that holds up to 10 times your body weight and which your body depends on for mobility is painstaking.

Which is why Crabtree faces such a difficult challenge ahead.

Most doctors agree that recovery time after surgery takes 6-9 months, so if reports saying that Crabtree plans to be back in six months are accurate, he needs to get on that rehab and do it effectively.

“I think everything would have to line up perfectly for him to be back this year,” an orthopedic surgeon told the Sacramento Bee. 

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