Saturday, November 30, 2013

Michael Crabtree declares himself “ready to play”

For a guy coming off such a major injury, who is such a major part of the 49ers plan, the big news was relatively simply delivered.

“I’m ready to play,” wide receiver Michael Crabtree said, via Matt Maiocco of “It’s been a long time coming.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

49ers activate Michael Crabtree

The 49ers now officially have another weapon in the passing game.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers officially activated wide receiver Michael Crabtree to the 53-man roster, waiving quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to create the roster spot.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Harbaugh says Crabtree won’t be activated for Saints game

Like many of his peers, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh likes to keep his cards pressed tightly to his black long sleeve T-shirt-sweatshirt hybrid.

When it comes to whether receiver Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut on Sunday against the Saints, Harbaugh was uncharacteristically chatty.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Marcus Lattimore to begin practicing next week

The 49ers, with a wealth of draft picks, were able to use one on former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore knowing he might not help them this year.

And while returning to a game after his horrific college knee injury is still a long shot, he’s at least getting on the practice field.

Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week

Aldon Smith’s return to the 49ers lineup last Sunday against the Panthers didn’t see Smith play a tremendous amount.

Smith played a dozen snaps in the loss and said afterward that he knew he wouldn’t be serving in a prominent role in his first game back. The same should not be true of his second day back in the lineup.

Eric Reid plans to adjust his style to avoid concussions

Eric Reid admits never thinking much about concussions, since he never had one before entering the NFL.
But now that he’s suffered two this season, the 49ers safety said he’s going to re-think his approach to some tackles.

Reid went down last week after sticking his head into Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert, a bad bet in most cases when a normal-sized safety takes on the bowling ball fullback.

49ers won’t rule out Michael Crabtree for Week 11

The 49ers got wide receiver Michael Crabtree back at practice last week for the first time since he injured his Achilles, a development that fell right in line with reports that he’d be ready to make his return from the physically unable to perform list in the middle of November.

Tuesday’s release of wide receiver Kyle Williams offered more reason to speculate about how close Crabtree might be to returning to action. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t answer that question specifically, but he did say that the team hasn’t made a decision about whether Crabtree would fill the roster spot left open with Williams’ departure.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vernon Davis, Eric Reid cleared for non-contact work

The 49ers got some good news from a pair of injured players Wednesday, giving them a chance to play this week.

According to Matt Maiocco of, both tight end Vernon Davis and safety Eric Reid were cleared for non-contact work after suffering concussions last week against the Panthers.

Both players will still have to be cleared by an independent neurologist, and have several steps to get through before that happens. But getting them back in the weight room is a good sign they could still play this week against the Saints.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

49ers activate Nick Moody, cut Perrish Cox

As expected, the 49ers released wide receiver Kyle Williams on Tuesday afternoon.

That wasn’t the end of their roster shuffling, however. The team also announced that linebacker Nick Moody has been activated from injured reserve and that cornerback Perrish Cox will be joining Williams in the unemployment line.

49ers Will Release Kyle Williams

According to multiple reports, the 49ers are releasing receiver/return man Kyle Williams today.

Williams had lost his return duties to running back LaMichael James, and with Mario Manningham back and Michael Crabtree hopeful of returning, his role in the offense was shrinking.

He’ll be best remembered for his pair of miscues in the 2011 NFC Championship Game, which allowed the Giants to go onto the Super Bowl.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Michael Crabtree isn’t circling a date on the schedule

The 49ers have wide receiver Michael Crabtree back at practice, something that brings the prospect of a little more excitement to the offense and something that excited Crabtree a great deal on Wednesday.

Crabtree said he was the first person out on the practice field on Wednesday, stretching well before the start of practice “for no reason” because he was so fired up about getting back on the field after his Achilles injury. Crabtree also said that all the excitement about his return to the field isn’t going to lead him to push himself too far too fast when it comes to returning to game action, however.

Vic Fangio on Aldon Smith: "I’m sure he’ll play some"

When 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was asked earlier this week if he’d play on Sunday after making his return to the team from rehab, Smith said he was taking things one day at a time.

When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was asked the same question, he offered up pretty much the same answer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Michael Crabtree cleared to resume practicing

The 49ers have gotten to the season’s midway point with the league’s lowest-ranked passing game, and they’ve gotten there with a 6-2 record.

Now, they’re starting to get their players back.

After activating wide receiver Mario Manningham yesterday, the team announced even better news — that wideout Michael Crabtree has been cleared to resume practicing, effective today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mario Manningham activated from PUP list

The 49ers added some much-needed help in the passing game Monday, activating wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list.

The team announced the move, along with the activation of cornerback Eric Wright from the non-football injury list and the release of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

49ers Will Cut Nnamdi Asomugha

The 49ers had to make some decisions when a raft of injured players starting making their way back.
And ask expected, they swapped out one veteran corner for another.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers will release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha when they activate cornerback Eric Wright.