Jim Harbaugh usually doesn't like to tip his hand when it comes to revealing his game plan.
But the 49ers head coach was uncharacteristically candid about whether Michael Crabtree will make his season debut Sunday in New Orleans.
“It doesn’t look probable, no," Harbaugh said on Friday.
Crabtree's return can't come soon enough for the 49ers whose 32nd ranked passing game has struggled behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is averaging just 157 yards per game.
Crabtree returned to practice on Nov. 7, just six months after surgery to repair his Achilies tendon, but did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday.