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Is Michael Crabtree unhappy with role on 49ers?

Michael Crabtree may have come through in the clutch for the 49ers on Sunday, but he certainly wasn't happy about it.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Crabtree, while being asked about his 51-yard reception on a crucial fourth down, brought up the fact that he was only being used on certain downs.

"Third down. I'm a third-down receiver," Crabtree said. "I mean, I'm like the third option. So I come in and I do my job."

When reminded that his catch was on a fourth down, Crabtree continued to hint that he only wanted to talk about his disapproval with playing time (on average over the past two weeks, Crabtree has been involved on 68 percent of the offensive snaps).

"I guess when they need me, you know, I guess that's when I play," he said.

Jim Harbaugh, who was also depicted as a subject of Crabtree's frustration, apparently attempted to flip the script and blame the reporters for asking Crabtree about his lack of playing time when they should have been asking him about his great catch.

The article in the Mercury News, though, disproves that theory.

This is not the first time Harbaugh has dealt with an unhappy weapon in his locker room. Crabtree is arguably his best receiver and, amid a late push to make the playoffs, is going out of his way to express his disapproval.

Is this further evidence that Harbaugh is losing his locker room? Or, is it just another issue in San Francisco that can buried under the rug with a few victories?

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