Michael Crabtree’s torn Achilles may force the up and coming wide receiver to miss the entire 2013 NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl last season to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, and now they’ve lost their star receiver after the devastating injury.
Crabtree’s injury came during organized team activities (OTA’s) on Tuesday and he will most likely undergo surgery that could keep him out for the upcoming season, according to USA Today. The 25-year-old has shown signs of stardom throughout his first four seasons with the 49ers, but he now faces the biggest setback of his career before his fifth season comes to full swing.
Crabtree’s career wasn’t off to the greatest of starts after he was picked 10th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the 49ers, as his mediocre rookie season didn’t live up to expectations. In his first season in San Francisco, Crabtree appeared in 11 games and posted two touchdowns on 625 receiving yards.
He would fail to reach the 1,000 yard marker over the next two seasons, but he broke out last year as the 49ers gained momentum and made a run to the Super Bowl. The Texas Tech product started all 16 games last season for the first time in his career while going for 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Now Crabtree has a torn Achilles and might not see the field at all this upcoming season. Though some players have made quick returns from ACL injuries, the 49ers may take their time with Michael Crabtree to preserve his future in the NFL.
Up until the injury on Tuesday, skies were the limit for the talented wideout, and if the 49ers hope to have themselves a prominent athlete on the outside for years to come, they won’t push him while he recovers.
Do you believe Michael Crabtree’s torn Achilles will keep him off the field for the entire 2013 season?
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