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August 9, 2012
49ers cut ties with former draft pick Holcomb

The 49ers today announced they had released cornerback Curtis Holcomb, 23, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 who only Wednesday returned to practice after missing the previous seven sessions with a hamstring injury.

Holcomb, from Florida A&M, was the team's final pick in the 2011 draft. After arriving in Santa Clara following the lockout, he ruptured his Achilles tendon during a pre-training camp conditioning drill and spent the season on injured reserve.

Holcomb, fellow seventh-round pick Mike Person and sixth-round pick Ronald Johnson were the only members of the 2011 draft class not to play a snap last season. That class is one of the 49ers' best in recent memory. Two players, Aldon Smith (1st round) and Bruce Miller (7th round) will start this season while running back Kendall Hunter (4th round) and cornerback Chris Culliver (3rd round) will have large roles.

Johnson, a receiver, was cut last year; Person, an offensive lineman, was on the 53-man roster but was never active for a game.

The 49ers now have an extra roster spot. After 11 training-camp practices, they are remarkably healthy and don't have any glaring needs.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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