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November 26, 2013
He's back: Michael Crabtree added to 53-man roster; QB Bethel-Thompson waived


As expected, the 49ers moved wide receiver Michael Crabtree from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the 53-man roster today. To make room for Crabtree, the 49ers waived third quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who is eligible for the practice squad. The team signed Bethel-Thompson, who played at Sacramento State, last month. He has been inactive for the six games he's spent with the 49ers.

Jim Harbaugh has been coy about when Crabtree, the team's leading receiver from last year, would make his first appearance in a game. Asked if that could would occur Sunday against the Rams, Harbaugh on Monday chuckled and said, "I anticipate he's going to come back next week."

Crabtree tore his Achilles' tendon on May 21 and had surgery to repair it the next day. He's been practicing with the team, off and on, for the last three weeks. In the locker room following Monday's win over the Redskins, Crabtree said he felt "alright" but would not speculate on whether he'd play against St. Louis.

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers passing attack had a bounce-back effort against a weak Washington defense, and Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes. However, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis were the only touchdown targets in that game and they remain the only 49ers to have caught touchdowns this year. A healthy Crabtree, in other words, would be a welcome addition to what has been a limited receiving corps.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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