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June 13, 2013
Report: 49ers give WR Austin Collie a tryout


The 49ers will work out former Colts wide receiver Austin Collie, according to a report by USA Today. Collie, who played at Oak Ridge High in El Dorado Hills and who in 2009 was named The Bee's player of the decade, also has worked out for the Patriots this week as he attempts to re-start his career following a string of concussions and torn patellar tendon last fall.

Collie, 27, had three productive seasons in Indianapolis from 2009-2011 but caught only one pass for six yards last season. He's also had three concussions while with the Colts, a concern for teams in a league that's becoming more conscientious about head injuries. One of the 49ers team doctors, Daniel Garza, is a specialist at Stanford Hospital in concussions and head injuries.

The 49ers, meanwhile, are searching for a starting receiver after Michael Crabtree went down with a torn Achilles tendon last month. Anquan Boldin has been written in as one of the starters. Thus far, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Kassim Osgood, Marlon Moore, Quinton Patton and Chad Hall have been competing for the other spot.

Both Jenkins and Osgood garnered praise from 49ers coaches this week.

-- 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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