Harbaugh hopeful 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree will be healthy to play in mid- to late Nov.

Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.

The 26-year-old Crabtree had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners.

Harbaugh has traded a few text messages with linebacker Aldon Smith, absent for the past two games while undergoing rehab for substance abuse, and the coach said there have been "very positive reports back."

There is no timetable for Smith's return, which could be as soon as after the bye week in early November. He also could face suspension from the NFL following his arrest on suspicion of DUI on Sept 20.


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