Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/23/13

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks free from Bryant McFadden #25 of the Arizona Cardinals to score a 35-yard second quarter touchdown at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
I was away from my desk for two, two-and-a-half hours yesterday because of a split-shift. During my absence, I made a point of disconnecting from the fantasy sports matrix. I chose the blue pill for 120 minutes. Big mistake. The red pill of reality struck me 30 seconds after I sat back down at my desk. "Michael Crabtree tears Achilles" the Twitter headline read as it mocked me for a) ignoring it for the past 1,304,259 characters b) recently naming Crabtree as my breakout wide receiver for 2013 ("sleeper" isn't the right word). The 49ers top wideout finally lived up to expectations once Colin Kaepernick started behind center and the duo found a groove towards the end of the regular season and on into the playoffs. Crabtree averaged over 100 receiving yards with seven touchdowns the final eight games of the season (including playoffs). He popped his Achilles' in the midst of Organized Team Activities on Tuesday and, considering the 24/7 sports cycle, news of his Wednesday surgery...
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