SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) — Michael Crabtree is promising to be back. And San Francisco 49er fans are hoping that means back this season.

Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon and underwent surgery Wednesday.

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Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Crabtree to return at some point during the 2013 season, “We do not anticipate that it’ll be season ending for Michael,” Harbaugh said. “The doctors have already been extremely positive about the success of the surgery. So, we’ll trust the doctors and Michael’s will to compete and return. And we think that’ll have a good result and great things will happen for us and Michael.”

Crabtree’s doctor doesn’t believe Crabtree will be out for the year, either. “Good news is he woke up from the surgery and first thing he asked [the] doc how it went,” Harbaugh said. “So, he talked about the success of the surgery and that he didn’t anticipate that he’d be out for the year. And his comment to that was he’s got no choice but to be back. So, every day now is a healing day. And that starts today.”

There’s no set timeline for Crabtree’s recovery yet, but if it takes six months, he’d most likely be back around Week 12. If it takes eight months, Crabtree could potentially return for a 49ers postseason run.

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