San Francisco, CA - According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the San Francisco 49ers have confirmed that wide receiver Michael Crabtree will indeed make his season debut on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. He has been sidelined for the season due to a torn Achilles that he suffered prior to the season. The 49ers will likely have him on a very strict snap count, but even playing 20-25 snaps would be a major help for San Francisco’s offense.
Crabtree coming back will likely help out Colin Kaepernick as well, as they worked very well together last season. In 2012-13, he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. Adding that type of player to an offense that could use help through the air will be a major boost. Despite the snap count, you can expect to see him make an impact against the Rams.
The 49ers hope to bring Crabtree along fairly quickly and have him at full speed by Week 15. That timeline is going to be a stretch, but it all depends on how quickly he can get back into football shape. His Achilles injury is fully healed and there aren’t concerns regarding that, but he must get back into shape before being thrown completely into the fire.
San Francisco is sitting at 7-4 and are currently in an NFC wildcard position. Their offense has looked very inconsistent this season, especially through the air. Jim Harbaugh has tried to make Colin Kaepernick more of a pocket passer which has hurt them for the most part, but with his favorite target coming back that could very well help in a big way. Only time will tell how he’s able to come back from his injury, but it sounds like he’s just about ready to jump-start the 49ers’ offense.
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