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December 11, 2012
49ers eyeing ex-Eagle McCoy for special teams


****UPDATE**** The 49ers will not be signing McCoy, according to his agent. The linebacker's knee has not completely healed after being injured in 2011.

The 49ers are giving former Eagles linebacker Matt McCoy a physical today, and they could sign him to their active roster as soon as this afternoon. The team has a roster opening after running back Brandon Jacobs was suspended for three games. The 49ers also have a need for a special teams player after Demarcus Dobbs went down with a knee injury on Sunday. Interest in McCoy first was reported by CSN Bay Area.

McCoy's physical is not cursory. While with the Seahawks in 2011, he suffered a serious knee injury that ended his season. The 6-0, 232-pound linebacker has been working out in his native San Diego this season.

McCoy, 30, was a second-round pick by the Eagles in 2005. He had his best season a year later when he started 10 games and finished with 66 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles. He also has played for the Saints, Buccaneers and Seahawks. He was a special teams standout for Seattle and also was part of their nickel defense when he was injured last year.

After Sunday's game, Jim Harbaugh said Dobbs "may have dodged a bullet" regarding his injury. On Monday, he said the team was awaiting the results of an MRI on Dobbs.

- 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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