Michael Crabtree has torn Achilles, report says


Michael Crabtree, defended by Jimmy Smith, couldn’t catch a pass to the end zone late in the Super Bowl. (Jeff Haynes / Reuters)

Months before an NFL opener, Michael Crabtree’s season is in jeopardy.

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver tore his Achilles tendon during organized team activities and will soon have surgery, USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reports.

A torn Achilles used to be season-ending — and often career-ending. But that has improved radically of late. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles in early May last year and returned to play Oct. 21.

“It’s extremely difficult,” Suggs told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times after Kobe Bryant tore his. “It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had to endure in my life. But if you’ve got drive, you’re not accepting what the world’s telling you, you can do it. But it’s definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Crabtree, 25, had career bests with 85 receptions, 1,105 yards receiving and nine touchdowns last season. In the 49ers’ postseason run to the Super Bowl, he caught 20 passes for 285 yards and three TDs. He was the intended target as the 49ers were driving late in the game.

“The first time after the repair and rehab, there’s going to be a lot of things you’re not going to be able to do,” Suggs said. “Just things you took for granted, your explosion off of it. All that’s going to take time to come back. I started to get my explosion a little bit toward the tail end of the season. But anybody could see that throughout the course of me playing, I was never really myself.”

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