Golden Nuggets: Michael Crabtree And Avoiding A PUP Violation

Welcome back for another edition of the Nuggets. The 49ers just avoided a possible NFL rules violation yesterday involving Michael Crabtree. The 49ers receiver was out catching some passes from Jim Harbaugh and the quarterbacks before practice started. The news reports indicate the 49ers called the NFL to inform them that it was taking place during warmups and not practice. A player on the PUP list is not allowed to take part in practice and any such participation would be a violation of the rules. The Colts apparently had such an issue with Peyton Manning a couple years back.

I'm not sure why the 49ers called first, although my guess would be they saw some of the beat-writer tweets and wanted to clarify the situation with the league. If they get ahead of the problem maybe they can avoid punishment from the league? The NFL seems to enjoy disciplining the 49ers, so might as well try and clear up the situation sooner rather than later. On to the links...

Fangio: Aldon Smith must learn position better (Maiocco)

Crabtree returns to field -- against PUP rules? (Maiocco)

49ers received seventh-round pick 2013 for Mays (Maiocco)

What to expect from 49ers WR Michael Crabtree if he returns this week (Sam Lam)

49ers LT Joe Staley on O-Line's bad play: "No excuses. We played terrible." (Sam Lam)

49ers WR Michael Crabtree returns to practice field for a brief moment (Sam Lam)

Crabtree returns to practice ... sort of (Barrows)

"Disgusted" Joe Staley: The season's upon us. We've got to play a lot better (Barrows)

49ers Gore hopeful of progress toward new deal (Sac Bee)

More important return: WR Crabtree’s or CB Spencer’s (SJ Mercury News)

Gore contract update; Staley "very disgusted" with OL (SJ Mercury News)

49ers: Jim Harbaugh won't solely blame line for offensive struggles (SJ Mercury News)

49ers and Crabtree caught in act, literally (SJ Mercury News)

Crabtree catches passes in practice (Press Democrat)

Patrick Willis on Frank Gore’s contract situation (Press Democrat)

Fangio says his defense is "behind from a mental standpoint." (Press Democrat)

Crabtrree Gate: 49ers keep making mistakes (SFGate.com)

49ers offensive line woes (SFGate.com)

49ers' Crabtree might be back soon (SFGate.com)

Staley 'disgusted' by 49ers' line play (Press Democrat)

Clock Ticking on Roster Cuts (49ers.com)

Gameday Story: Brothers in Arms (49ers.com)

49ers offense: Player-by-player review (Maiocco)

Vet QB could top cutdown week shopping list (Scout.com)

Niners report 'oversight' after injured Crabtree catches passes (NFL.com)

Ranking the NFC West quarterbacks (Sando)

Which 2011 first-round picks are starting (Sando)

Money talk: Frank Gore, DeAngelo Williams (Sando)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Shortened Game Week For Us | Fooch
49ers vs. Texans: The Ultimate 'Patience' Game | Fooch
NaVorro Bowman, 49ers Defensive Outlook | D.DeSimone
49ers 53-Man Roster Projection After Three Weeks | Fooch
Week 3 NFL Preseason Observations | urnext
49ers vs. Texans: Analyzing Alex Smith's Performance | DerekRE_3
TiqIQ NFL Kickoff Contest | Fooch
Taylor Mays Trade: 49ers Reportedly Get A Seventh Round Pick | Fooch
49ers Training Camp: Vic Fangio Discusses Overarching Defensive Philosophies | Fooch

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