Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree tears Achilles; could be out for the season

The 49ers are suddenly shallow at the wide receiver position after Michael Crabtree suffered an Achilles tear in OTAs according to USA Today Sports. Crabtree will "soon" undergo what could be season-ending surgery to repair the tear.

Crabtree, now 25, found success last season with the 49ers, and he was in position to be a staple of the 49ers pass attack.

To be clear on this injury, it's not a given that Crabtree will miss the whole 2013 season. Achilles tears can be rehabbed within months, and it's possible that Crabtree could return to action sometime in the middle of the regular season, just in time for the 49ers to make a run down the stretch.

The injury could prompt the 49ers to look for a fill-in receiver. Randy Moss had a quiet season with the 49ers in 2012, but his experience with the team could give him an opportunity to play one more year in the NFL. It may not be a popular option for the team, but San Francisco will need to replace at least some of the production they'll be losing without Michael Crabtree.

Shane Clemons

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Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.