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49ers' Michael Crabtree tears right Achilles tendon

  • FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) scores on a 49-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco. 49ers leading wide receiver Crabtree is not on the practice field for Wednesday afternoon's, May 22, 2013 organized team activity, though the team has provided no update regarding his absence amid reports he tore his Achilles tendon. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Avila Gonzalez) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.

San Francisco's leading wide receiver underwent surgery Wednesday, though the team is optimistic he will return at some point in 2013. Crabtree was operated on at Stanford by Dr. Tim McAdams one day after suffering the injury during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity.

"Michael Crabtree underwent surgery to repair his Achilles tendon that he tore yesterday," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Surgery was successful and we do not anticipate it will be season-ending for Michael. It was completely torn, and completely repaired."

Harbaugh would not speculate when Crabtree might return to play.

The 25-year-old 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.


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