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49ers activate wide receiver Crabtree as planned

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been activated from the 49ers' physically unable to perform list.

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The team made the expected announcement Tuesday, the deadline to activate Crabtree and still allow him to play this season after a 21-day window following his return to practice. The hope is that Crabtree will make his season debut for San Francisco (7-4) in Sunday's home game against St. Louis.

Crabtree had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns and was a big reason the 49ers returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. He tore his right Achilles tendon during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity May 21 and had surgery.

The 49ers waived QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson to clear roster room.

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