As other NFC contenders seem to be breaking down as the 2013 season rolls into its second half, the San Francisco 49ers seem to be rounding back into health for the stretch drive.
On Tuesday, the 49ers learned that wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who posted career highs of 85 receptions, 1,105 yards and nine touchdown catches in 2012, has been cleared to resume practice as he continues to recover from a torn right Achilles tendon. (h/t San Jose Mercury News)
Crabtree injured the leg while running a route on the first day of organized team activities on May 21 and the 49ers have missed his production. San Francisco is last in the league in passing yards per game, with wideout Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis doing the heavy lifting in the passing game.
Crabtree is the second receiver on his way back from injury. The 49ers activated Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list on Monday and he could be in action as soon as Sunday, when San Francisco hosts the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park.
The club has three weeks to evaluate Crabtree before determining whether to remove him off the PUP list and make a spot on the 53-man roster.
The 49ers have gotten other players back from various injuries and other absences recently, including linebacker Aldon Smith, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, cornerback Eric Wright and defensive lineman Quinton Dial.