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September 24, 2012
WR Palmer runs fade route to Indianapolis


The 49ers currently are in Youngtown, Ohio, but one of their players was re-routed to Indianapolis.

The Colts on Monday claimed Nathan Palmer, an undrafted receiver out of Northern Illinois who made a splash for San Francisco in the offseason, to their active roster. Palmer had been a member of the 49ers' practice squad where his main in-season role was giving the first-string defense a look at what they'll see from the opposition's receivers that week.

The Colts will ask Palmer, who is from Indiana, to fulfill a more immediate role after receiver Austin Collie went down with a knee injury on Sunday. Palmer will join former Jim Harbaugh pupils Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener in Indianapolis.

Palmer caught six passes for 93 yards for the 49ers during the preseason and was one of the team's final cuts. He beat out two other undrafted rookies, Chris Owusu and Brian Tyms, to land a spot on the practice squad. Owusu is now a member of the Buccaneers active roster.

The 49ers will head to New Jersey on Friday after spending the week in Ohio.

-- 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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