The San Francisco 49ers will add wide receiver Michael Crabtree back to the 53-man roster within the next six days, but it might still be several weeks before he takes the field.
The 49ers pulled back Crabtree's activity after his first week of practice, rather than risk a setback as he recovers from a torn Achilles, CSN Bay Area reported. Once he practiced on Nov. 5, he started the clock on the 21-day window for the 49ers to activate him from the physically unable to perform list or shut him down for the season.
Crabtree could still end up on the field as soon as Monday when the 49ers face the Washington Redskins, but the pace of his work at recent practices points to a slower process. The 49ers could just deactivate him on game days for a few weeks if necessary.
Crabtree, who led the 49ers in receiving last season, had surgery to repair the injury in May. He was injured during a spring practice.