San Francisco 49ers notebook: Michael Crabtree injured again By Cam Inman firstname.lastname@example.org Posted: 07/28/2012 06:57:37 PM PDT Updated: 07/28/2012 09:35:16 PM PDT
SANTA CLARA -- Michael Crabtree's absence from Saturday's practice was glaring.
Even if an apparent ankle injury isn't serious, Crabtree's medical file from past training camps is extensive enough to raise concern.
"He'll be all right. He's good," running back Frank Gore said. "He's going to be ready."
Crabtree was unavailable for comment and did not attend Saturday's 2½-hour practice. A 49ers spokesman, mimicking coach Jim Harbaugh's usual description of injuries, said Crabtree is merely "working through something."
That officially ends Crabtree's bid for the first injury-free training camp of his four-year career. It took less than one practice, too, as he got hurt with 20 minutes remaining in Friday's session.
Crabtree, a first-round draft pick in 2009, has never played in an exhibition game. His past camps have been marred by foot and neck injuries, as well as a contract holdout his rookie year when he was also recovering from a broken foot.
On Friday, Jim Harbaugh said Crabtree's lower-leg injury wasn't serious and he expects him to return to practice soon. Crabtree, who missed his sixth straight day of practice, ran a series of sprints on an adjacent field as part of his rehab work.
The 49ers open the preseason Friday against the visiting Vikings. Due to a contract holdout and injuries, Crabtree didn't play in a preseason game in his first three seasons.
"The thing I feel for Michael, I know he's feeling it, too - he came in such great shape. He looked fantastic," Harbaugh said. "We feel like we'll get him back soon and we can pick right up. I don't think this is going to be a major bump in the road. I think this is going to be a minor one. He's chomping at the bit to get back out there, and I anticipate that happening soon."
The QB situation+injury concerns always scared me with this guy. Even though Alex Smith started playing better in recent years I always find myself avoiding receivers without the last name Davis in San Fransisco.