4:34 PM ET
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After three weeks of disappointing injury issues, the San Francisco 49ers finally got some good news on the health front Wednesday.
The Niners opened Samuel’s window Wednesday morning, clearing him to return to practice for the first time since suffering a Jones fracture in his left foot in June. His return has been months in the making after he initially suffered the injury during a workout session with teammates in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Niners and Samuel had initially hoped Samuel would be ready for Week 1 but he had a small setback in side workouts and the team placed him on injured reserve before the opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
After spending the requisite three weeks on injured reserve, this is the first week Samuel has been eligible to return to practice. He has not yet been activated to the roster and the team will decide whether he will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles later this week.