The San Francisco 49ers are hoping that wide receiver Michal Crabtree can return after tearing his Achillies’ tendon in Tuesday’s organized training activities.
Crabtree was the 49ers leading receiver with 85 catches and 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
A person who spoke on the condition of anonymity informed USA Today of the injury.
Last spring Terrell Suggs and Da’Quan Bowers both tore their Achilles’ but were able to return though the season. Neither player played at the same level as they had in the past and the road to recovery may prove to be more troublesome for Crabtree with the start and stop nature of playing receiver.
The injury elevates Anquan Boldin, who was acquired from Baltimore, to the No. 1 receiver role. A.J. Jenkins should occupy the role opposite of Boldin and Quinton Patton should fill in as the No. 3 receiver. The 49ers are also waiting on Mario Manningham to return from a torn ACL.