The San Francisco 49ers will have Michael Crabtree at practice for the first time in 2013. The fifth-year wideout has been cleared to practice with the 49ers as of Tuesday.
Crabtree has been out for the first nine weeks of the season as he suffered a torn Achilles during Organized Team Activities in the offseason.
Original diagnosis’ suggested that Crabtree wouldn’t be able to return until some point in December, though, a few weeks back head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested that Crabtree was ahead of schedule and could return to the field in mid-to-late November.
That appears to be holding true, assuming there are no setbacks.
It’s not expected that Crabtree will be available for the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend, though, a Week 11 or 12 return isn’t that outlandish. Crabtree will have a maximum 21-day period to practice before the team has to make a roster move.