Edwards runs routes, hopes to practice Tuesday for Niners

SAN FRANCISCO -- Braylon Edwards ran routes on his surgically repaired right knee during the 49ers' bye week, giving coach Jim Harbaugh hope that the veteran wide receiver will be back for Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns.

Edwards is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday when the team reconvenes from "improvement week," as Harbaugh named it. A return against the Browns became the goal after Edwards hurt his knee making a 21-yard catch on the 49ers' third play from scrimmage in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 18 -- the team's lone defeat so far.

"I watched him run and run routes," Harbaugh said Monday. "Like I said, hopeful that he'll come back tomorrow and good things will happen."

Fullback Moran Norris, recovering from a broken left fibula, also is set to practice Tuesday. He stopped wearing a walking boot last Monday.

"Our wounds have almost healed and we'll know better on Tuesday when we get out there on the field and practice," Harbaugh said.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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