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49ers WR Crabtree says he's ready for preseason opener

5:27 AM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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SANTA CLARA, CA (AP) - Michael Crabtree says his strained right calf won't sideline him for the San Francisco 49ers' preseason opener Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Speaking publicly for the first time since January, Crabtree said Tuesday that his latest limited offseason will not slow down his development. He says he's finally pain free - at least for now - and participating in all team drills except the 2-minute offense.

This training camp has followed a similar pattern to Crabtree's career. Crabtree has missed all 12 preseason games the last three seasons because of two foot surgeries, a neck injury and a lengthy contract holdout after San Francisco drafted the Texas Tech wide receiver 10th overall in 2009.

He also injured his calf on the first day of training camp this year.

The Associated Press

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