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49ers WR Michael Crabtree: I'll be back

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree is turning into the Terminator. (Instagram)
San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree is turning into the Terminator. (Instagram)

The above picture isn't a movie poster for Terminator 5 or Terminator Salvation 2 or whatever Terminator movie that they're on. It's a poster of the San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree promising to be back. Forty-Niner fans are hoping that means back this season.

Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon during OTA's on Tuesday and underwent surgery Wednesday morning.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Crabtree to return at some point during the 2013 season, "We do not anticipate that it'll be season ending for Michael," Harbaugh said after Wednesday's OTA. "The doctors have already been extremely positive about the success of the surgery. So, we'll trust the doctors and Michael's will to compete and return. And we think that'll have a good result and great things will happen for us and Michael."

Crabtree's doctor doesn't believe Crabtree will be out for the year, either. "Good news is he woke up from the surgery and first thing he asked [the] doc how it went," Harbaugh said. "So, he talked about the success of the surgery and that he didn't anticipate that he'd be out for the year. And his comment to that was he's got no choice but to be back. So, every day now is a healing day. And that starts today."

There's no set timeline for Crabtree's recovery yet, but if it takes six months, he'd most likely be back around Week 12. If it takes eight months, Crabtree could potentially return for a 49ers postseason run.

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