Michael Crabtree nearly made an amazing, leaping touchdown catch today. What happened instead is that the ball fell incomplete and Crabtree, undercut by the defensive back, fell flat on his back. The impact left Crabtree with a sore neck, and he did not return to the playing field. The injury is not believed to be serious, but in a week in which all sorts of bad luck has befallen the 49ers, you had to hold your breath ...
The drop was Crabtree's third of the 7 on 7 session. And it underscored what turned out to be another bumpy performance by the offense. To close out practice, Alex Smith led the 49ers on a two-minute drive. There was a mix of first- and second-teamers. Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore, for example, were replaced by Dominique Zeigler, Delanie Walker and Glen Coffee. Smith's drive went 11 plays before he hit Josh Morgan in the back of the end zone for what was - generously - called a touchdown.
The team announced it had waived/injured linebacker Scott McKillop who tore a ligament and a tendon in his knee last week. If McKillop passes through waivers, the 49ers can re-sign him and place him on IR and he won't count against their 80-man roster limit. However, it's risky. The 49ers also could have kept him on the training-camp roster for now and put him on IR when the season begins. Waiving him means another team - Scot McCloughan's Seattle Seahawks perhaps? - could pick up the former Pitt linebacker.
The 49ers also waived WR Scott Long and signed WR Bobby Guillory. They signed linebacker Martail Burnett and put him on IR.
-- Matt Barrows