SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The 49er passing attack looked resurgent Monday night in a blowout win over the Redskins and now the offense will get another boost with the return of Michael Crabtree anticipated for next week.
Injuries to the 49ers’ receiving corps have often been cited for Colin Kaepernick’s lackluster passing numbers. Mario Manningham (four catches, 45 yards) recently returned to the lineup, and now 2012 leading receiver Crabtree is set to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and play next week. Crabtree returned to practice Nov. 5 for the first time since tearing his right Achilles tendon in May.
He appeared to be Kaepernick’s favorite target on the team’s run to the Super Bowl last season and could be a key to the teams chances of even reaching the postseason this year.
“We need them all,” Harbaugh said Monday. “This is only for the tough. Where our team is headed, it’s only for the tough.”
Crabtree, the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners, who lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
The 49ers will host the division rival Rams next week at Candlestick.
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