The San Francisco 49ers are about to welcome back Michael Crabtree.

The fifth-year wide receiver practiced for the third consecutive day Friday and is not listed on the 49ers' injury report. When asked if Crabtree will play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh replied it "looks that way."

Crabtree -- sidelined all season by a torn Achilles tendon suffered in May -- was more definitive.

"I'm really ready to play," Crabtree said from his locker Friday, according to the 49ers' team site. "It's been a long time coming."

"I feel comfortable enough to play," Crabtree added. "I feel great."

Crabtree's presence has been sorely missed by the Niners this season. His absence forced Anquan Boldin into a bigger role than expected, and other receivers on the depth chart failed to make the most of their opportunities.