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49ers hope Michael Crabtree makes season debut
San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree is expected to make his long-awaited season debut Sunday against St. Louis, barely six months after he underwent surgery for a torn right Achilles tendon.
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Crabtree produced a career season a year ago and helped lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years as Colin Kaepernick’s top target.
Now, the wide receiver is expected to make his long-awaited season debut Sunday against St. Louis, barely six months after he underwent surgery for a torn right Achilles tendon.
The reigning NFC champion Niners (7-4) made significant strides in their passing game during Monday night’s 27-6 win at Washington and now hope to build on that.
“Definitely some good things,” Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We hit some big plays and that generated offense and got us going.”
St. Louis certainly knows how dangerous Crabtree can be. He had five catches for 70 yards and a 14-yard touchdown the last time the Rams visited Candlestick Park in 2012.
St. Louis (5-6) tries for its first three-game winning streak.
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito will remain suspended with pay until the NFL investigation is complete, according to an agreement reached between him and the team, NFL.com is reporting.
Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins on Nov. 3 for conduct detrimental to the team. He’s been accused of bullying/harassing right tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team Oct. 28. The NFL is investigating that accusation as well as the Dolphins’ workplace.
Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Incognito could only be suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the team. Sunday’s game against the Jets is the fourth game.
According to NFL.com, Incognito, under a deal approved by both the NFL and the players union, will be paid until NFL special investigator Ted Wells has concluded his probe.
• Running back Adrian Peterson (groin) returned to Minnesota Vikings practice and is probable for Sunday’s game against Chicago.
• Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay was fined $15,750 by the NFL for his hit last Sunday that gave Browns quarterback Jason Campbell a concussion.
• Kansas City Chiefs pass-rushing linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle) pronounced himself close to 100 percent for Sunday’s showdown with the Denver Broncos.
• Arizona coach Bruce Arians said the availability of running back Andre Ellington (knee) on Sunday at Philadelphia will be a game-time decision.
• Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered in a Thanksgiving Day win over Oakland.