San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is still very far from being ready to rejoin the team, but he's making solid progress, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. On Monday, Harbaugh told Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area that doctors told him Crabtree's recovery "looks great" so far.
"Talking to the doctor, and talking to Michael, (I) feel very good about where he is right now," Harbaugh said on Monday. (I) wouldn't categorize it as 'ahead of schedule' because he's just starting now to start moving on it. It's been just healing so far. But it looks great. That's the words of the doctors."
Crabtree, 25, suffered a right Achilles tear during an offseason workout in May and underwent surgery one day later to repair the injury. Now he's working to recover from the injury in time to contribute for the team in 2013.
On Wednesday, the 49ers will place Crabtree on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, according to Maiocco, where he is expected to remain through training camp. At the end of preseason, the 49ers will have to decide whether they wish to place Crabtree on the reserve PUP list, which means a return between Week 7 and Week 13, or the injured reserve with a designation to return, which would allow him to come back even later in the year.
Crabtree tallied a career-high 1,105 yards receiving and nine touchdowns for the 49ers in 2012, including another 20 receptions for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the team's three postseason games.