Receiver Michael Crabtree did not practice with the 49ers on Wednesday, but he has not had a setback in his return from an Achilles' tendon tear. Instead recovery days - as you would expect for someone who hadn't practiced in six months - are built into Crabtree's routine.
Last week Crabtree went through his first practice since having surgery on May 22 to repair his Achilles'. He is in the middle of a three-week window in which he can practice with teammates but does not count against the 53-man roster. After those three weeks are up, the 49ers either can place him on the 53-man squad or shut him down for good this season.
The 49ers expect him to play. But he is being eased back into the mix and it seems very unlikely that he will play Sunday against the Saints. Last year two 49ers players - Kendall Hunter (Achilles) and Kyle Williams (ACL) - suffered season-ending injuries on New Orleans' artificial field.
The rest of the team's games this season are on grass. The 49ers visit the Redskins on Monday night Nov. 25, then host the Rams and Seahawks the following two weeks.
***The 49ers practice at 2 p.m. today. I will post here whether Crabtree was back shortly after that. Update: Crabtree was not on the field when practice began.
-- Matt Barrows