Back in September 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said any production San Francisco got from Michael Crabtree this season would be "gravy."

Thanksgiving was floated as the earliest we'd see the receiver play after his Achilles tendon surgery in May but could it be sooner?

NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that 49ers sources view mid-to-late November as a realistic target date for Crabtree's return. Getting him back would represent a major boost for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a passing game short on reliable targets.