Josh Norman’s recovery from the rib injury he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 is progressing much quicker than expected.

After Norman’s initial estimate that he could face at least four weeks out, head coach Jay Gruden thinks the Redskins’ star cornerback could be back by as early as Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports (via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk).

Norman won’t feature in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers and still hasn’t been able to run due to pain from the injury. However, he has now been cleared to work out in the weight room, which is a promising sign regarding his progress.

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Despite being without Norman for half the game, the Redskins put up a good fight against the unbeaten Chiefs on the road before eventually succumbing in the end. And even though Norman’s presence would be a huge boost, they probably won’t need him to beat the winless 49ers at home this Sunday.

However, Norman will be needed for Washington’s big divisional battle with the NFC East-leading Eagles in Week 7. If he still isn’t ready by then, they’ll have to continue to make do with Bashaud Breeland and Quinton Dunbar as the team’s starting corners.