Just minutes into his first practice with the 49ers on Wednesday, wide receiver Brandon Carswell went to the ground awkwardly and began clutching his knee. Today Jim Harbaugh revealed that Carswell, who spent last season on the Raiders practice squad, had torn his right ACL and will be out indefinitely.
That means the 49ers are likely to add another pass catcher before training camp in late July. The team today worked out former Colts receiver Austin Collie but has not signed him. Harbaugh said "there are still a few more things we want to have checked out" before the team makes a decision on Collie.
That presumably refers to medical checkups for the receiver, who starred at Oak Ridge High in El Dorado Hills outside of Sacramento. Collie has had three concussions since joining the NFL in 2009. And he tore his pattelar tendon early last season for the Colts.
He worked out for the 49ers today and looked good, according to Harbaugh. "He had a pattelar tear seven and a half months ago and he's very far along," Harbaugh said.
With Michael Crabtree out for most of the season with an Achilles tear, the 49ers receivers are: Anquan Boldin, Chad Hall, Chuck Jacobs, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Marlon Moore, Kassim Osgood and Quinton Patton. Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham have been rehabilitating on their own, although Williams has been worked into practices more and more and seems poised to be available for the start of training camp.
"It's fierce competition in there," Harbaugh said of the receiver battle. "They understand what's at stake and what the team needs from them. And they are rising to the occasion, and that's something that bodes well for the team."
-- Matt Barrows