Last week when Dennis Allen was asked about the status of Miles Burris, he said the second year linebacker was not yet ready to return. Now the week is here in which Burris is eligible to return off of the Physically Unable to Perform list and he is still sidelined.
Burris has not played a snap since his knee surgery in January. He was placed on the PUP list after missing all of training camp and that designation is now up. Burris said back in late September that he was on schedule.
"I'm feeling really good," Burris told Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area. "I'll be ready to go when I'm allowed to come back."
Either his head coach didn't share his optimism or his recovery took a turn for the worse since then because come last week, Allen said plainly that Burris is not ready to go.
"It's really a matter of putting a few days back to back and being able to come out with any type of soreness or anything like that." Said Allen.
Burris has been working out along the side, apart from the team for a while now. At Wednesday's practice, he was working along with fellow linebacker, Kaluka Maiava (hamstring). The team will have three weeks to make a decision on whether to activate Burris or place him on season ending injured reserve.
Burris had started all 16 games last season and finished second on the team in tackles. In his stead, rookie third round pick Sio Moore has gotten the bulk of the starts. It is expected that Moore would continue to start even when Burris returns.