Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was not on the field when 49ers practice began Saturday afternoon. Crabtree went down with an apparent ankle injury late in Friday's session. He walked off the field after the session under his own power, and the injury did not appear serious.
Crabtree has dealt with an array of injuries - foot, neck, foot - during his previous three summer sessions and has yet to play in a preseason game. His health has been cited by quarterback Alex Smith for why he is excited about playing with Crabtree this season.
"He had such a great spring and summer," Smith said Friday. "I think just keep doing what he's doing, what we're doing. I felt like he had a great offseason. And I think just continue to work hard. The guy does so many things, he can do so many things. You need a guy in that sense to just keep getting better. Just keep getting, like I said, more consistent and just continue to strive to get better."
A 49ers spokesman said that Crabtree was "working through something." Gee, I wonder where he obtained that information ...
-- Matt Barrows