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DT Chris Canty getting set for return


The game in San Francisco will be the last before defensive tackle Chris Canty and tight end Travis Beckum are eligible to begin practicing. They are on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

Canty, who hasn't played since Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, was asked today if he will be able to walk onto the field and play.

"I feel like I will be able to do that, physically," Canty said. "From a health perspective, I feel great. I'm in as good of condition that I can be in as far as not having worn any pads. So I feel great. I feel awesome."

But that doesn't mean he's in football shape.

"We've been trying to do things to kind of simulate that with our conditioning - shorter recovery times, things of that nature, so that the adjustment period won't be as long," he said. "A part of that is just going to have to be going out there and pushing through it. I understand that. I believe the training staff and the coaching staff understands that, but I still believe that my skill set and my experience will bode well for me transitioning back into playing."

The earliest Canty and Beckum can be activated is the day after the sixth regular season weekend (October 16). From October 16 up until the day after the ninth regular season weekend (November 6), players on reserve/PUP may begin a 21-day practice period before a decision has to be made whether to activate, terminate, or keep them on the reserve/PUP list.

Canty said he expects to begin practicing when he is eligible next week.


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