Originally posted by global_nomad:
Originally posted by jreff22:
mattbarrows Matt Barrows
Breaking: A foot injury could knock Michael Crabtree out of the preseason lineup for a third straight year. #49ers ...
The injury threatens to knock Crabtree out of the preseason for a third straight year. He missed the exhibition season his rookie year due to a lengthy contract dispute that ended up lasting 71 days. Last summer Crabtree hurt his neck when he landed awkwardly in the end zone in training camp and sat out all four preseason games.
That time off was blamed in large part for the poor timing that Crabtree and quarterback Alex Smith had early last season. Smith threw nine interceptions in the first five games, many of them on attempts to Crabtree. Crabtree rallied as the season went on, and he finished with 55 catches for 741 yards and six touchdowns.
This year, the 49ers expected Crabtree to take off in Jim Harbaugh's West Coast offense, which appears well-suited for his skills. In an interview earlier this year, incoming receivers coach John Morton said he expected the 49ers to set up Crabtree for a "phenomenal" season by getting the ball into his hands as quickly as possible.
"And there are certain routes that do that," he said. "It's quick routes or it's slants or shallow crosses and things where you get the ball in their hand real fast and let them use their God-given ability. I don't think they've had a chance to really do that yet from what I've seen on tape. I don't think I've seen a slant here run ever since ... since Terrell Owens left."
Unless the 49ers sign a veteran, Morgan is likely to be the No. 1 receiver in training camp with Ted Ginn as the No. 2. Other candidates include Kyle Williams, Kevin Jurovich and rookie Ronald Johnson.
Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/07/foot-injury-wil.html#ixzz1TSR1Q8Km