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49ers WR Crabtree cleared to practice

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been cleared to practice for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles tendon during offseason workouts.

The fifth-year wideout is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and the team now has a 21-day window to evaluate whether to activate Crabtree or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

The team has been targeting a mid-November return for Crabtree, who is expected to play during the second half of the regular season. The 49ers activated fellow wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) from the PUP list last week.

Crabtree, who led the 49ers in receiving last season, had surgery to repair the injury in May. He was injured during a spring practice.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said previously that he believes Crabtree will be "game ready" by mid-November.

I'm not going to make any proclamations or profound statements, but he's right on track for, at some point here, weeks," Harbaugh said last week.

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