The Michael Crabtree game watch begins

Thearon W. Henderson

The 49ers are back at practice, but we still don't know what this all means for Michael Crabtree's availability this Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers activated wide receiver Michael Crabtree off the PUP list on Tuesday, and the question now is whether or not he'll be active on Sunday when the 49ers host the St. Louis Rams. He is on the 53-man roster, but there has been some speculation about whether he is 100% for game speed at this point.

Jim Harbaugh met with the media on Wednesday, and he said Crabtree was ready to practice today. He was asked about Sunday, and while he said he was optimistic, he would not commit to any specific course of action. Crabtree had a tweet that summed it up:

I suspect we'll hear plenty of speculation, and at least one national media member will report that Crabtree is going to play and is expected to get X amount of snaps. Any time a big name player is on the verge of returning, these reports occur. My guess is Pro Football Talk will throw something against the wall, but I have to think somebody will do it.

The 49ers will issue their first practice participation report later this afternoon. I don't expect to see Crabtree's name on it, but who really knows what the team is planning at this point. We won't know anything with any certainty until 90 minutes before Sunday's game. And even if Crabtree is active Sunday, we won't know what the game plan is for him.

Jeff Fisher spoke with 49ers media earlier today, and he said they were preparing as if he would play. However, he did not have any specific ideas as to how the 49ers would use Crabtree alongside Boldin. We are left to wait and wonder.

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