San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is less than five months removed from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, but he might be only a month away from returning to the field, according to 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Crabtree, 26, suffered the injury in organized team activities in May and a six-month recovery from the injury would be another example of an NFL athlete making a remarkably quick recovery from the previously devastating injury. Most notably, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered an Achilles tear in April 2012 and was able to return to the field in October of the same season and contribute for the team's Super Bowl run.
In his absence, the 49ers have struggled to find much success in the passing game, producing the second-fewest passing yards in the NFL through the first five weeks. Leading the way for the team has been Anquan Boldin with 26 receptions for 393 yards and two touchdowns and Vernon Davis with 14 receptions for 224 yards and four touchdowns, but no other receiver has managed to eclipse 100 yards on the season.
Currently on the physically unable to perform list, Crabtree is eligible to return any time after the first six weeks of the season for the 49ers, but likely won't return until after the team's Week 9 bye, at the earliest.