San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon while participating in organized team activities on Tuesday. He will undergo what may be season-ending surgery. There has been no official word from the organization at this time. This injury places added pressure on the development of second year wideout AJ Jenkins and rookie Quinton Patton. Mario Manningham and the recently acquired Anquan Boldin are the 49ers' most two veteran receivers at the top of the depth chart.
This is a big blow to an offense that already lacks proven players at the wide receiver position. Crabtree really seemed to develop a repartee with quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second half of the season. At 25 years of age, the former Texas Tech receiver was just entering the prime of his career and this injury is very likely to sideline him for the most, if not all of the regular season. This loss obviously hurts Kaepernick's fantasy value as well. Jenkins and Patton are going to see big increases in playing time.