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 with the Cleveland Browns.
Edwards is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday when the team reconvenes from "improvement week," as Harbaugh puts it. Playing 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.
At 5-1, San Francisco is in a strong position to win the NFC West and end an eight-year stretch without a winning record or playoff berth. The 49ers return from their off week with a three-game division lead over second-place Seattle (2-4), which won the West with a 7-9 record last season. Arizona is 1-5 and St. Louis 0-6.
Harbaugh doesn't allow himself -- let alone his players -- to think beyond the next game, though in the case of last week the coaches did look ahead to a tough November schedule and started those preparations.
"Some, a little," he said of the work toward next month. "No elaboration."
The Niners travel to Washington to face the Redskins next week, then come home to host the Giants and Cardinals on back-to-back Sundays, then there's that much-hyped Thanksgiving Day sibling matchup against big brother and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh back East.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.