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Michael Crabtree reportedly tears Achilles: How will it affect 49ers?

Michael-Crabtree-Misses-Flight-Pulled-Over-by-Raiders-Fan-CopColin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree seemed to establish instant chemistry when Kapernick took over for the injured Alex Smith last season. Crabtree racked up more than 90 yards in four of the final five games of the season last year and finished with the first 1,000-yard season of his four-year career. Now, he could be in for a long and trying rehab.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Crabtree recently suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to miss roughly six months. Chris Mortensen later confirmed that Crabtree has already undergone surgery. If he misses six months, the 25-year-old would be out until at least November.

Obviously, this is horrible news for the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree finally broke out in 2012 and emerged as the most reliable receiver on the team. When the Niners traded for Anquan Boldin earlier this offseason, they were looking to add depth to their receiving corps. Now, they will need to either add another piece or look for guys to step up in a big way.

To make matters even more complicated, Niners receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are both coming off torn ACLs. Boldin was dominant in the playoffs for the Baltimore Ravens last season, but he is hardly the force he once was with the Arizona Cardinals years ago.

Perhaps the only positive we can draw here is that Kaepernick is a dual-threat quarterback. It would be more devastating if a pure pocket passer lost his favorite target, but Kaepernick is capable of making plays in a number of ways. Still, Crabtree was one of the few players on offense that San Francisco can’t afford to lose for a significant period of time. His injury will surely throw a major kink in the team’s offseason plans.

Michael Crabtree says a hit in the Super Bowl made him temporarily lose his vision

Football is a hard-hitting, dangerous sport. General awareness of that seems to be at an all-time high lately, with the NFL constantly making rule changes that irritate players but are aimed at making the game safer. But no matter what the league does, there are always going to be scary moments on the field. San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree says he had one of those in the Super Bowl.

Crabtree spoke with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on Thursday and talked about the final plays in his team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On one of them, Crabtree says he took a shot from Baltimore corner Jimmy Smith that resulted in a temporary loss of vision.

“When the guy hit me, he hit me all in the face,” Crabtree said, via Around the League. “I’m not tripping. I’m not one to whine about nothing, but he hit me all in the face and I couldn’t really see after he hit me.”

The 25-year-old was quick to point out that he did not suffer a concussion, but he proceeded to downplay a comment that most of us would take very seriously.

“They hit me, I really couldn’t see,” Crabtree said. “… Then it just came back. It’s not concussion-like. When you get hit in football, it’s going to feel like you can’t see. It’s going to feel intense. But it snapped back. It happens all the time in football.”

We knew broken bones and torn muscles happened all the time, but not being able to see sounds pretty hardcore. Crabtree took issue with a couple of calls during the Super Bowl, but the controversial no-call on the final play of the game was not one of them. He said his vision came back before the ball was snapped for the following play, but that’s still pretty frightening. Unless the NFL turns its product into two-hand touch, stuff like that will likely never stop happening.

Michael Crabtree calls himself and Dez Bryant the ‘future of the NFL’ (Video)

Michael Crabtree BOAMichael Crabtree and Dez Bryant are two of the best young receivers in football, but you don’t have to tell them that. Earlier this week, Bryant said he believes he can become the first receiver in NFL history to put up 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in a single season. From the sound of it, Crabtree supports that prediction.

A cameraman caught up with both receivers as they were leaving BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles Tuesday night and peppered them with a series of questions. When asked about the new rule changes in the NFL that will go into affect next season, Crabtree simply said they are going to “make it happen.” When asked about the issue of gay athletes playing in the NFL, Bryant said he didn’t even know what the reporter was talking about.

Crabtree then changed the subject out of nowhere.

“You ever seen the future of the NFL?” Crabtree asked. “The two hottest receivers in the game?”

The reporter, who had clearly done his homework, asked if they were going to get 2,000 yards next season. Crabtree simply said he was going to get “some yards” before giving a shout-out to his new teammate Anquan Boldin and getting into a car with Bryant.

I don’t even know how BOA handled that much confidence in one dining room at the same time. I mean did you see the way Crabtree was swagged out during his press conference back in January? Crabtree and Bryant may be Crabtree’s and Bryant’s two biggest fans.

Did Jimmy Smith hold Michael Crabtree on Niners last play in Super Bowl?

Michael-Crabtree-Jimmy-Smith-pass-interferenceThe officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVII used their flags quite sparingly down the stretch, which many believe helped the Baltimore Ravens hold on to beat the San Francisco 49ers. On what turned out to be the Niners’ last drive of the game, Jim Harbaugh felt that the Ravens got away with pass interference on two plays.

The first came on 2nd-and-goal, when Colin Kaepernick rolled to the right and tried to hit Michael Crabtree near the sideline. Baltimore cornerback Corey Graham appeared to jump on Crabtree’s back to break up the play, and it looked as though he may have gotten there early. It was a bang-bang play that could have gone either way and there was no call.

Then on 4th-and-goal, it seemed a bit more obvious that the Ravens got some help from the refs. Baltimore sent several blitzers on the play, forcing Kaepernick to just float a pass toward Crabtree in the back right corner of the end zone. As you can see from the video above, it appeared that Jimmy Smith held him while the ball was in the air.

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Michael Crabtree says he once got into it with Wes Welker at Texas Tech

Texas Tech is known for producing quality NFL wife receivers, and there are no two greater examples of that than Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree. Welker is one of the game’s best receivers and Crabtree is one of its brightest young stars. Back in 2006, they got a chance to work out together with the Red Raiders. According to Crabtree, the two didn’t exactly hit it off right away.

“I actually got into it with Wes Welker when I first went to college,” Crabtree told the Boston Herald on Wednesday. “He said something about me playing in the summer. We were doing one-on-ones with some guys that were in the NFL that used to go to Tech. He was holding me, and I was fresh out of high school, had an attitude, and I was cussing him out to get off of me. He got in my face like I was going to back down.”

Crabtree is known for having somewhat of a temper, so he wasn’t about to be shown up by another receiver — even if he was a legend at his school and an NFL star.

“That was one of those things I was letting him know I’m about to come in there and do better than what he did,” the Niners receiver said. “It was just fun and games. That’s my dude, though.

“You can learn a lot from guys like that. Wes is a legend.”

Welker may have had more receptions (259) while at Texas Tech, but he spent four years there. Crabtree caught 231 balls in only two seasons and racked up more yards (3,127) than Welker (3,069). Both are tremendous competitors, which is why it’s not surprising to hear that things got heated between them. That’s the type of drive that separates them from your average receiver.

No 49ers player was more swagged out for his press conference than Michael Crabtree

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Now that Michael Crabtree is finally living up to his billing as a No. 1 receiver, he’s starting to truly let some of his swagger show. The 49ers receiver showed up to his postgame news conference on Saturday with sunglasses on, and he did the same for his press conference on Monday.

Look at Crab, looking like a young Deion Sanders on stage with his sunglasses and chain hanging. He’s starting to get all Prime Time on us. Next thing you know he’ll be loaded up on the gold jewelry and starring in Nike commercials. Let’s just hope that his strong play doesn’t lead to the diva personality he allegedly had in college coming out.

Crabtree did had 9 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers on Saturday. He finished with the regular season with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns — all career-high marks. In truth, we’re actually pleased to see him playing so well. We always believed he was a No. 1 receiver and felt a combination of foot/toe injuries and shaky quarterback play prevented him from achieving that status. He’s finally reaching it.

As long as Crab doesn’t go all Carmelo Anthony M. Bison on us, we’ll give him a pass for wearing his sunglasses indoors.

Michael Crabtree has a hideous ‘King Crabtree’ vest (Picture)

The good news here is unlike a hideous tattoo like this one, Michael Crabtree can remove this vest anytime he wants without having to spend big bucks to do so. I’m guessing the ‘King Crabtree’ leather vest you see the Niners wide receiver sporting in the above photo that he tweeted on Monday was either a gag gift or holds some sort of sentimental value to him that we can’t understand. Otherwise, I see no excuse to ever wear it.

Apparently Crabtree has been taking fashion advice from Russell Westbrook and a 60-year-old biker gang and mixing all that advice together. Never a good combination.