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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:12 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Michael Crabtree out 4-6 weeks; put on PUP list

CrabtreePosted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Bengals were plotting with the Patriots to trade Chad Ochocinco, the 49ers also apparently were in the hunt, and the Sacramento Bee had a good reason why.

It’s because WR Michael Crabtree’s foot is hurt worse than expected, and the paper’s sources say he’ll miss four to six weeks of training camp and the preseason. He'll be placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

The foot originally caused him to sit out a few offseason workouts with his team. From that story, the injury didn’t seem like a big deal.
Apparently, the cause of his injury is because the cleats he wore Monday were too new and he hadn’t broken them in yet, a problem compounded by the Fieldturf at San Jose State.

“Everybody's good. Crabtree's all right," WR Josh Morgan told the San Jose Mercury News. "His feelings aren't hurt. Nothing wrong with him. Just his feet were too sore to come out here. That's all it is."

In retrospect, the old “hey, it’s just his new shoes” excuse is pretty flimsy.

Either way, this continues a pretty awful offseason for Crabtree (you'll remember that he dissed QB Alex Smith at one point) -- who, so far, has had a pretty unimpressive career as a first-round pick. Perhaps one reason for that is because Crabtree is never around in the preseason.

In his rookie season, he sat out 71 days during a contract dispute, and last season, he missed all four preseason games after injuring his neck during practice.

Now, without Crabtree or Ochocinco, Morgan becomes Smith’s No. 1 target for the time being.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:11 am
Edited on: June 8, 2011 10:48 am
 

Players taking big risks by practicing

M. Crabtree had to sit out San Francisco's practice with sore feet (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the biggest concerns – if not THE biggest concern – of players practicing with each other on their own during the lockout is the injury factor. Players aren’t covered by their regular team insurance during these sessions, so if somebody gets hurt, they’re on their own. There are no team trainers or  team doctors at the practices -- nobody.

It certainly has to be worrisome for the players who are taking an enormous risk without pay, and though there were no injuries among the 40 or so Giants players who participated in a workout Tuesday, players and agents haven’t forgotten what could happen if something goes wrong.

"It is dangerous," said Rich (Big Daddy) Salgado, the president of Coastal Advisors, an insurance company for players (via the New York Daily News). "It's dangerous especially if a guy is a free agent and doesn't have a contract. Each player is only covered for a certain amount of money and (to get a payout an injury) has to be catastrophic. It has to be career-ending. It's not just for loss of time. It's not for if you're out for six weeks.

"And it can't make up for everything they'd lose. It can't make up for those numbers."

Though none of the Giants were officially talking to the media, one of the players told the Daily News (off the record) that they had made sure that the players were covered in some way by insurance -- for example,  through COBRA, a family member’s plan or a short-term policy.

And while the Giants have escaped injury so far, the same can’t be said for 49ers WR Michael Crabtree, who had to sit out the second practice for San Francisco’s players Tuesday because of sore feet (this, a day after he made some controversial statements about 49ers QB Alex Smith).

Apparently, the cause of his injury is because the cleats he wore Monday were too new and he hadn’t broken them in yet, a problem compounded by the Fieldturf at San Jose State.

“Everybody's good. Crabtree's all right," WR Josh Morgan told the San Jose Mercury News. "His feelings aren't hurt. Nothing wrong with him. Just his feet were too sore to come out here. That's all it is."

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