Cripps underwent a shoulder reconstruction last week to resolve shoulder issues that hampered his 2020 campaign.
Cripps still played every game in 2020, despite three incidents of shoulder instability.
“He has had three minor instability episodes throughout the course of the season, every time he has recovered 100 per cent. His strength has been 100 per cent going into the next game,” Carlton’s director of high-performance Andrew Russell said.
“He will likely have 4-6 weeks of no running: he’ll get back, he’ll have a really good running preparation and we expect him to have a full pre-season on the track and be available for round one.”