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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Around the NFC West: Advice for Crabtree

By Mike Sando

How nice of the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs to give the San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree a primer on recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.



Suggs, who suffered a similar injury last offseason, returned to game action in November.

"You've got to see the big picture," Suggs told CBS' Clark Judge. "There's going to come a point in your rehab where your body is not going to respond like it normally does or like you want it to. You're not going to be able to explode like you want to. Your conditioning is not going to be right. You're going to get discouraged because the recovery is very difficult."

Suggs went into detail about his rehabilitation and how his experience could apply to Crabtree, who is younger and plays a different position.

"For me, my explosion didn't really get there until the end of the season," Suggs said. "So, my guess is that he wouldn't be Michael Crabtree right off the bat. But through work and continually strengthening his Achilles it eventually will come back, and he'll be able to be the Michael Crabtree of old."

Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in early February 2011. He missed the first five games of the 2011 season and then had only seven catches in his first six games back. Thomas then put together a string of four statistically solid games over the final five weeks of the season. He had 94 catches for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, his first full season back from the injury.