A little more than six months after tearing his right Achilles tendon during organized team activities, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is ready to suit up.
The 49ers will activate Crabtree from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and he’s expected to play Sunday when the 49ers host the St. Louis Rams (h/t ESPN.com)
Crabtree had to be activated by today or be placed on season-ending injured reserve. He was cleared to practice Nov. 5 and today was the end of the 21-day evaluation window.
Without Crabtree, the 49er passing game has sputtered and San Francisco’s wide receiver corps has been the least productive statistically of any group in the NFL. The 49er wideouts this year are last in the NFL in targets (139), receptions (77), receiving yards per game (87) and tied for 29th in touchdown receptions with five. Of those 77 receptions, Anquan Boldin has 53 of them.
Last year, Crabtree had a breakout campaign with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns and in three playoff games, he posted 28 receptions, 285 yards and three scores.
Injuries have gotten the brunt of the blame for the tough season quarterback Colin Kaepernick has endured. Mario Manningham has been back for three weeks now and he checked in with four receptions for 45 yards in Monday night’s 27-6 win at Washington.
Now with Crabtree back, the excuses for the passing game become much less viable.
Where Crabtree could make the biggest difference is on third down—last year, Crabtree made 30 catches and five touchdowns on third down; both ranked in the top five in the NFL.
Kaepernick threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns Monday night, his first 200-yard-plus game since Oct. 13.