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Ian Williams placed on Active/PUP list due to 2013 ankle injury

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The San Francisco 49ers announced that Ian Williams has been placed on the Active/PUP list as he continues to recover from his 2013 ankle injury. We break down what this means, and what kind of timeline we could be looking at.

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that nose tackle Ian Williams has been placed on the Active/PUP list. The move will allow him to continue rehabbing his broken ankle, suffered last season in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams broke the ankle, but also tore ligaments, which resulted in multiple surgeries and the extended rehab process. During the offseason workout program, Williams was asked if he would be ready by the start of training camp. He said he hoped to be, but was not certain.

This move does not mean Williams will not be ready for the start of the regular season, but we don't know for certain how long he will be continuing his rehab. The team can activate Williams anytime between now and the end of training camp. By placing him on the Active/PUP list, they reserve the right to move him to the Reserve/PUP list when the regular season starts. Socalisteph described those rules in detail Friday morning. If Williams starts the season on the Reserve/PUP list, he would have to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. After Week 6, the 49ers would have 6 weeks to get him on the practice field or end his season. If he got back on the practice field, the team would then have another 3 weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster.

It is hard to predict when exactly Williams will return to practice. For now, Glenn Dorsey will be the first team nose tackle, and we could see Mike Purcell and Quinton Dial get some work behind him. Ideally Williams gets healthy sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, the 49ers will be able to figure out what kind of depth they have behind Williams.