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49ers Hope Michael Crabtree Returns in November

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Jim Harbaugh is hopeful Michael Crabtree can return to the 49ers in November.

Michael Crabtree has begun running on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.

The 49ers fifth-year wideout suffered the injury at the team's Organized Team Activities in May, but has progressed quite well in his rehab work.

“It’s been very good,” Jim Harbaugh said of Crabtree.

San Francisco’s head coach even went as far as to say Crabtree could return as soon as mid-November.

That would be six months removed from the surgery.

“I think it’s more November, middle to late November is what we’re hoping for,” Harbaugh said. “He seems to be on track for that.”

Harbaugh wouldn’t fully divulge Crabtree’s rehab work, but did say the 49ers wideout has been working hard while the team practices.

“He’s starting to run and… he’s running,” Harbaugh said carefully.

The 49ers coach is hopeful Crabtree can return in November and will be ready to play to help the team.

Harbaugh checks in Crabtree all the time and is able to watch the rehab work, too.

“I catch it now and then,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes when we’re practicing he’s doing his rehab work, but pretty much talk to him every day and it seems to be going well.

“Everything is positive. Very upbeat and feels like things are progressing well.”

The 49ers play three games in the month of Novemer: Home against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 10, away at the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 17 and away on "Monday Night Football" against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 25.