SANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Michael Crabtree “can't wait” to play Sunday against a Seattle Seahawks team he watched “take off at the end” for a 29-3 rout of the 49ers three months ago.
“Now it's different. New day, new game,” Crabtree said Friday.
After missing the first 11 games while recovering from Achilles surgery, Crabtree debuted last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and experienced no adverse effects from a 42-snap workload.
“Of course there's going to be a little soreness when I haven't played in a year,” Crabtree said. “But it was good to feel sore and feel I did something.”
Crabtree's return to the lineup should give the 49ers a different look against the Seahawks. But coach Jim Harbaugh isn't expecting the Seahawks to alter a scheme that's remained consistent during their success. But Harbaugh added: “You never know what changes there'll be in scheme from week to week.”
Tight end Vernon Davis is anticipating changes, noting: “They're definitely going to have to make changes. We've got Crabtree back and have pretty much all our weapons. It's going to be exciting and interesting to see the changes they make to stop us. They can't leave us one-on-one the whole time.”
Davis had just three receptions for 20 yards, and Anquan Boldin had only a 7-yard catch in the Sept. 15 loss at Seattle.
Crabtree had four receptions and no touchdowns in each of last season's games with the Seahawks, but he made a 41-yard catch that keyed a Dec. 24, 2011, win at Seattle.
“I can't wait to go out there and do what I can do,” Crabtree said. “This week is a big week for us. With that (11-1) record, you're supposed to be the top team in the NFL. We'll see on Sunday. It gets you hyped. Now it's about me calming down. This is my second game. I can't wait to go and play.”