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Michael Crabtree not expected to play in Week 4

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The Oakland Raiders are unlikely to have Michael Crabtree for Sunday’s Week 4 game at Denver.

Crabtree has a chest injury suffered last week against Washington that forced him from the game in the fourth quarter. He was limited in practice during the week and then missed practice on Friday.

The wide receiver was downgraded from questionable to doubtful for the game.

Crabtree has 13 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns this season. Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts and and Jared Cook will likely see increased targets against the Broncos.

Michael Crabtree examined for possible concussion

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Michael Crabtree was taken into the locker room for examination for a possible concussion during Saturday’s playoff game against the Houston Texans.

Crabtree had two catches for 33 yards on seven targets during the Oakland Raiders’ wild-card playoff game in Houston but exited the contest in the fourth quarter.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, reporting from the sideline, said that Crabtree was taken into the locker room for examination for a potential concussion.

It’s unclear what play led to the medical issue for Crabtree.

Crabtree, who was questionable for the game with an ankle injury, had 89 catches for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season.

Aqib Talib rips Michael Crabtree’s gold chain necklace off (Video)

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib stays disrespecting opposing wideouts.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Oakland Raiders, Talib got into it with Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and proceeded to rip Crabtree’s gold chain necklace right off. Talib was then seen laughing and bragging about his dastardly deed on the Denver sideline.

Crabtree is far from the first opponent that Talib has mixed it up with over the years. But considering that Crabtree was held to just six catches for 27 yards the first time these two teams met this season in Week 9, it seems safe to say that Talib is in his head (as well as in his jewelry insurance policy).

Michael Crabtree on Colin Kaepernick, protests: ‘I ain’t no Martin Luther King’

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Michael Crabtree has chosen not to take part in any national anthem protests or political displays before games this year, and the Oakland Raiders receiver has a very straightforward reason for that.

After Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, Crabtree was asked for his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and the protests that are gaining popularity across the NFL.

While Kaepernick’s protest is unrelated to football, it should be noted that Crabtree never really seemed to get along with his former teammate. He was critical of Kaepernick after he left the 49ers and even had some complaints while the two were still playing together.

Plenty of players have chosen to not take part in the protests while others are urging people like Crabtree to get involved. In this particular instance, it seems like Crabtree has no interest in supporting Kaepernick or his cause.

Michael Crabtree reportedly turns down contract offer from Dolphins

Michael CrabtreeWhy is Michael Crabtree still available on the free agent market? Because no contract offer to his liking has been presented to him yet.

The Miami Herald reports that Crabtree visited the Dolphins and that they offered him close to $3 million. Crabtree turned down the offer and is now turning his attention to the Oakland Raiders, whom he will visit next week. The Raiders have $23.1 million salary cap space and have room to sign him. However, Crabtree is picky and reportedly will wait as long as it takes to get what he wants.

Crabtree has never lived up to the hype after the 49ers drafted him in the first round in 2009. He has had multiple foot/leg injuries during his career and has only surpassed 1,000 receiving yards once. Part of his lack of production is due to playing with Alex Smith, who does not target wide receivers. His numbers saw an uptick in productivity with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, but that was just in 2012.

We expect him to be a nice bargain for the team that signs him.

Michael Crabtree clearly unhappy with role in 49ers offense

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After a 2012 season in which Michael Crabtree caught 85 balls for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns, many expected the former first-round pick to emerge as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Instead, a torn Achilles cost Crabtree most of last season. And this year, the 27-year-old doesn’t seem too pleased with his role in the San Francisco 49ers offense.

Crabtree hauled in a 51-yard reception at the end of his team’s win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that helped set up the game-winning field goal. When asked about that play earlier this week, he expressed frustration.

“Third down. I’m a third-down receiver,” Crabtree said, via Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. “I mean, I’m like the third option. So I come in and I do my job.”

When Crabtree was reminded that his big reception came on fourth down, his attitude remained the same.

“Fourth down. I guess when they need me, you know, I guess that’s when I play,” he said.

For whatever reason, Colin Kaepernick seems to trust 34-year-old Anquan Boldin more than Crabtree. Boldin has 51 catches on 77 targets this season. Crabtree has 40 catches on 68 targets, so the disparity isn’t huge. Crabtree also leads the Niners with seven drops.

While Crabtree is clearly frustrated, Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t believe the former Texas Tech star is unhappy with his role.

“I don’t think so,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot.”

If Crabtree was happy with how much he was getting the ball, he wouldn’t have classified himself as a “third-down receiver.” Don’t be surprised if Kaepernick and the Niners make a more conscious effort to get him the ball in the coming weeks.

H/T Rotoworld

49ers unlikely to re-sign Michael Crabtree next year?

Michael CrabtreeColin Kaepernick’s intention behind signing his new deal with the San Francisco 49ers was to allow the team the ability to sign many other key players to long-term contracts. As a quarterback, one of his top priorities likely was to have the team retain wide receiver Michael Crabtree longterm. But that may prove to be difficult.

CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco believes “it would be a major surprise” if the Niners work out a new deal with Crabtree before he becomes a free agent next year.

Here’s what Maiocco writes:

Crabtree is entering the final year of his deal, too. As everyone remembers, he was difficult to sign as a rookie when he had no outside negotiating power. It would be a major surprise if the 49ers reach an extension with him before he has a chance to test the open market next spring.

The Niners’ belief that they will be unable to retain Crabtree could explain why they dealt for former Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson this offseason. In addition to Johnson, they have Anquan Boldin signed through 2015. They also might need to negotiate with Vernon Davis, who has indicated plans to potentially hold out of training camp.

Crabtree is not a guy you want to lose, but they might not have much of a choice in the matter. At least they’ve proven the ability to re-stack their roster under GM Trent Baalke.

H/T Rotoworld

Richard Sherman takes shot at Michael Crabtree with autographed picture

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We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.

Sherman later apologized for personally attacking Crabtree the way he did. Was the apology sincere? At some point, Sherman autographed a photo and wrote “Sorry Crabtree” underneath his signature. Steiner Sports tweeted a photo of the item on Sunday, though it has not gone on sale on their website yet.

As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.

Richard Sherman: ‘I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did’

Richard-Sherman-Michael-Crabtree-butt-patSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman expressed regret on Tuesday for his highly-publicized rant after the NFC Championship Game. In another piece he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback entitled “10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me,” Sherman started off by saying he should not have verbally attacked Michael Crabtree.

“If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody,” Sherman wrote. “I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.”

Many felt that John Madden was simply expressing the old-timer’s opinion when he said Sherman’s actions set a bad example for children, but it sounds like Sherman actually agrees. In fact, he admitted the NFL stage is even greater at this level than he could have imagined.

“How much does America love football? My one little rant made it onto CNBC and CNN,” he said. “I heard my name on The View. I got tweets in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Arabic. People identify with the struggle and the battle of a football game.”

Sherman previously said that calling a person a “thug” is an accepted way of calling them the N-word. Personally, we felt that the 25-year-old simply acted like an A-hole and it was the media that turned the discussion racial. Sherman, however, did not downplay the impact of race on how his rant was perceived.

“Race played a major part in how my behavior was received, but I think it went beyond that. Would the reaction have been the same if I was clean-cut, without the dreadlocks? Maybe if I looked more acceptable in conservative circles, my rant would have been understood as passion. These prejudices still play a factor in our views because it’s human nature to quickly stereotype and label someone. We all have that.”

As I’ve said before, I truly believe that if a white player said the exact same things as Sherman he would be ridiculed just the same. Listen to what he actually said. No one wants to hear players calling themselves the best and taking away from the team. Sherman previously apologized for that, and it certainly seems like he understands that when looking back on his actions.

Richard Sherman said ‘Hell of a game, hell of a game’ to Michael Crabtree

Richard-Sherman-Michael-Crabtree-butt-patRichard Sherman has been accused of taunting Michael Crabtree on the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, but you could actually argue that he didn’t. While Sherman had plenty of unkind words for Crabtree during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, what he said directly to Crabtree wasn’t bad at all.

Sherman was mic’ed up during the game, and NFL.com’s SoundFX aired some of the footage on Wednesday night. If you watch the video of the game-clinching interception, you’ll see that all Sherman said to Crabtree was, “Hell of a game, hell of a game.” Crabtree then shoved him in the face.

So I guess you could argue that Sherman didn’t say anything bad. However, even he admitted in his postgame interview with Ed Werder that he doesn’t like people “running their mouth” and was basically telling Crabtree “nice try” by sprinting over to him.

Sherman didn’t swear or insult Crabtree to his face, but it’s probably safe to say he wasn’t being genuine. We already know the hostility between the two players dates back to an offseason charity event, so I don’t blame Crabtree for thinking (or knowing) that Sherman was mocking him. We all know what “hell of a game” really meant.