Michael Crabtree goes through entire practice

Michael Crabtree went through an entire practice for the first time this year on Wednesday, improving chances he’ll make some type of appearance in Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Crabtree was held out of training camp and preseason as he recovered from a broken bone in his left foot. He was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 30 and has slowly been building his stamina back up.

"It was good to see him out there running around," quarterback Alex Smith said, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. "He's extremely talented. He's going to help us a ton."

Crabtree is currently fifth on the depth chart but he will not stay there very long. Remember, the coaching staff has predicted big things for him this season. Crabtree figures to be in the starting lineup soon enough.

"It's the same thing we said to the receivers going into this week – we'll judge it on how they're practicing, who gives us the best ability at each position, each play, each personnel group," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We'll look at that part this week."

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