Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/24/14

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers runs on to the field prior to their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is getting back in the gym after recently undergoing surgery on his torn Achilles. Start back working out 2moro.. I'm ready.. — Michael Crabtree (@KingCrab15) July 1, 2013 According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Crabtree will ease his way back. Of course, Crabtree’s workout routine won’t include him squatting 450 pounds or running gassers until he pukes. He’ll be eased back into the weight room, probably starting off on a stationary bike or an elliptical machine to maintain his conditioning. That would fit the time line for recovering from an Achilles’ heel tear. Crabtree had surgery to repair the tear on May 22. This week is about six weeks from that procedure.   I’ve spoken to several orthopedic surgeons about Achilles’ tears, and every one of them said that six months is the absolute earliest Crabtree can expect to be back on the field. The 49ers, of course, have declined to discuss Crabtree’s surgery and recovery, saying only that they expect him back this season. Here’s Dr. Eric Giza’s – he’s the chief of the foot and ankle service at UC Davis - time line for getting an athlete like Crabtree back in playing condition:   * Two weeks after surgery: Patient is in a walking boot. Not long ago patients had to wear a plaster cast for six weeks after surgery. The boot, however, preserves feeling and range of motion in the ankle and leads to less atrophy of the calf muscle.   * Four to six weeks: Patient starts to put weight on the foot. For an elite athlete like Crabtree, this can start at four weeks and usually begins in a pool. At six- to eight weeks, patients might begin working on a stationary bike or an elliptical machine to maintain their fitness.   * 12 to 16 weeks: Patient can start working on sport-specific actions. Giza said this is when patients regain proprioception – their body’s ability to know where their limb is in space. “The brain is starting to forget that they had surgery, and they’re getting that first step back,” he said.   * 16 to 24 weeks: Despite an aggressive rehabilitation, patients still will lose muscle mass during the recovery. The last two months are about building that back, a process that can last a year after surgery.     Need NFL Tickets? The post Michael Crabtree will start working out this week appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
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