Michael Crabtree Injury Updates

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree isn't listed on the Week 17 injury report. HC Jack Del Rio said Crabtree hurt his hamstring late in last week's loss to the Eagles, but it evidently won't be an issue today. Crabtree is just a WR3 vs. a tough Chargers secondary.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that WR Michael Crabtree injured his hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Eagles. He posted a goose egg in that one and played just 45% of the offensive snaps. We'll keep an eye on Crabtree over the next few days, but he'll be a shaky fantasy option if he plays against the Chargers' tough secondary this weekend.

The NFL has suspended Raiders WR Michael Crabtree and Broncos CB Aqib Talib 2 games without pay following their extended altercation in Sunday's game. That takes Crabtree out for next Sunday's home date with the Giants and the Week 13 visit to Kansas City. Both of those look like upside passing matchups, with the Giants likely losing lead CB Janoris Jenkins for the season to an ankle injury. The Chiefs, of course, allowed Derek Carr and the Raiders that huge game last month that included Amari Cooper's career-best line. Expect an appeal, especially after Bucs WR Mike Evans got a 1-game suspension and Bengals WR A.J. Green avoided discipline following similar on-field scrapes. We'll see if anything changes here. If not, though, Carr gets a downgrade over the next 2 weeks -- especially with Cooper nursing a concussion and an ankle sprain.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (lung) is not listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. The bruised lung isn’t nearly as big of a concern as QB E.J. Manuel and a tough Ravens secondary. Crabtree is just a WR3 in this spot.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree suffered a bruised lung in last Sunday night's loss to the Redskins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It'd previously been called only a chest injury. Crabtree was downgraded to doubtful for Week 4 on Saturday night, and Rapoport confirms that he won't play vs. Denver today. It's certainly possible he misses more time beyond that. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the coming week.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (chest) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. We still don't know much about his injury, but getting on the field so early in the week puts him on track to play against the Broncos this weekend. We'll have another update on Crabtree tomorrow.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree exited in the 4th quarter of Sunday night's game in Washington with a chest injury. There was no update from the team afterward. We should get one later today.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree sustained a concussion in Saturday's loss to the Texans. Oakland's season is over, but the head injury is worth filing away. It's the 1st known concussion of his career. Crabtree tallied 89 catches, 1,003 yards and 8 TDs during the regular season, finishing 12th among WRs in PPR points. That followed a 17th-place finish in 2015. Crabtree turns 30 in September but will be a good bet for WR2 production again in 2017.

Raiders insider Scott Bair suggests that WR Michael Crabtree could lose a spot in the starting lineup to WR Rod Streater in training camp.  Crabtree's name is bigger than his game at this point.  Numerous injuries have sapped his explosion, resulting in a 10.3 yards-per-catch average last season.  Bair does call Crab the "clear favorite" to win the battle but adds, "don't sleep on Streater."  Limited by a fractured foot to just 3 games last year, Streater is now 100% healthy.  And he posted a 60-888-4 line back in 2013.  We'll keep an eye on this battle, but neither guy is likely to emerge as more than a spot starter for your fantasy squad.

WR Michael Crabtree is set to sign with the Raiders, according to insiders Bill Williamson and Adam Caplan.  Crabtree was met with an extremely soft market, drawing no known interest until over a week into free agency.  It's a sign that the league as a whole is down on him.  Crabtree is still only 27, but there have been whispers that his lower-leg injuries have sapped his explosion.  He averaged an ugly 10.3 yards per catch last year. Crabtree also dropped 12.8% of his targets, per Pro Football Focus, which was 4th worst among 50 qualifying WRs.  As Oakland's depth chart currently stands, Crabtree will join James Jones in the starting lineup.  But the Raiders should still be looking to add talent to the position, potentially with the 4th overall pick of this month's draft.

A knee injury sidelined WR Michael Crabtree for most of Saturday night's game against the Chargers.  He wasn't targeted at all in regulation, only making a catch in OT after injuries to WRs Brandon Lloyd and Bruce Ellington forced him to re-enter. “(He) tried to go on it and wasn’t playing early in the game and then Brandon Lloyd went down and so did Bruce Ellington, so he came back in the game," HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed afterward.  Crabtree's Week 17 status is unclear, but he won't be a reliable fantasy option.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree injured his foot in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers.  He's considered questionable to return.  Stevie Johnson figures to step in as San Francisco's #2 WR if Crabtree remains out.

UPDATE: Crabtree returned to the game early in the 2nd quarter.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree has worked off to the side of practice with trainers the past 2 days.  He'd been sidelined about a week-and-a-half with what's believed to be a hamstring injury.  Crabtree isn't at 100% yet, but he's clearly making progress.  As long as he avoids a setback, his fantasy stock will be unaffected. 

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh says WR Michael Crabtree will miss “a week or two” with an undisclosed injury. At this time, all Harbaugh conceded was that the injury isn’t to Crabtree’s Achilles or foot. That sounds like a small victory, as Crab missed 11 games with an Achilles injury in 2013. We’re not bumping him down our WR rankings, but we’ll keep a close eye on his play upon returning. Youngsters Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton should benefit from the extra snaps with Crabtree sidelined.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick says WR Michael Crabtree looks "a step or 2 quicker" this year than he did last.  “He has a burst out of his routes," Kaepernick added.  "He has burst when he catches the ball. (He) looks really good out there.” Crabtree returned for the final 8 games of last season (playoffs included) but was still only 8 months removed from his torn Achilles when San Francisco's season ended in the NFC Championship.  That's an injury that usually takes at least a full year to fully recover from, so it's no surprise that Crabtree is looking better this offseason.  At 100%, Crabtree is a WR2 with upside.  

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, 49ers WR Michael Crabtree will have "no physical limitations" in his 2013 debut today.  That's encouraging news as he returns from a devastating Achilles injury.  Rapoport adds, though, that Crabtree "may not play every snap."  That makes him a shaky Week 13 fantasy option.  Ideally, you can take a "wait-and-see" approach before getting Crabtree into your starting lineup.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles) has been activated from the PUP list.  Today was the deadline for the 49ers to activate him.  ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Crabtree is expected to make his 2013 debut against the Rams on Sunday.  He'll almost certainly be on a snap count and won't be a recommended fantasy start.  We'll re-evaluate his value the rest of the way next week.  Crabtree is at least worth stashing in deeper fantasy leagues.  Just keep in mind that it often takes players a full year to return to 100% after Achilles injuries.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles) has been cleared to practice.  The team now has 21 days to promote him to the active roster.  HC Jim Harbaugh recently said that Crabtree could be ready by "mid-to-late November."  He won't play against the Panthers this Sunday but could make his debut in Week 11 or 12.  Crabtree is now worth rostering in most fantasy leagues, although we don't expect him to be more than a WR3 at any point this season.  The 'Niners will remain run-heavy, Anquan Boldin will see his targets and Crabtree is coming off a significant injury.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree will start his rehab today.  He tore his Achilles exactly 6 weeks ago.  Expected to be sidelined at least another 4.5 months, Crab won't be back until very late in the season -- if he gets on the field at all.  Don't bother with him in your redraft fantasy league.  Dynasty leaguers should stash him and hope he returns to pre-injury form in 2014.

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh says the team does "not anticipate that [WR Michael Crabtree's torn Achilles] will be season-ending."  Harbaugh also revealed that Crab's Achilles was "completely torn and completely repaired"  Doctors deemed the surgery a success.  Still, the best-case scenario here is a 6-month absence.  That has Crabtree out until mid-November -- or somewhere around Week 11.  Even a return then wouldn't make him very useful in fantasy.  Crabtree would figure to need a few weeks to work back into a significant role.  And would you really trust him in the fantasy playoffs?  He remains just a late-round flier in deep drafts this summer.


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