SAN FRANCISCO – If one of Michael Crabtree's goals in the NFL is to avoid playing in any preseason games, he's on his way to succeeding.
One day after Crabtree and San Francisco 49ers teammate Vernon Davis faced off in a heated exchange at practice – presumably because of Crabtree's supposed diva attitude and unwillingness to practice – the second-year wide receiver was not in uniform for a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Even so, Davis got in the last word.
"I hope he got the message," Davis said in the locker room after the Niners' 17-14 victory over the Chargers at Candlestick Park on Thursday night. "I think he did. I strongly believe, but if I see anything else I feel is wrong or I need to address, then I'm going to say something."
Crabtree watched the game from the sidelines and was seen in the dressing room following the game, but he left quickly and did not speak with reporters.
Coach Mike Singletary said he made the decision not to play Crabtree, who returned to practice last week after being slowed by a neck strain, because virtually the entire offense did not suit up.
"I just feel that when you take a step back and look at it, our whole offense wasn't going to be in there anyways," Singletary said. "He'd been out the other few games we had, so let's just start on the same page."
Although Davis, who is one of the team captains, would not address specifically what his issues were with Crabtree, he did it was "just pretty much getting him in check, keeping his head level and just getting on him about some things he did in the past and it just came about that day."
Crabtree did not take part in any preseason games last year because of contract negotiations that lasted into the season after he was drafted. He missed almost two weeks of practice at training camp this year because of his neck and then did not play against the Oakland Raiders after reporting neck stiffness during warm-ups.
Asked if everything was now good between them, Davis said, "Yeah, we're great. I love him like a brother. I'm taking him to Smoothie King tomorrow."
No word on whether Crabtree will accept the invitation.