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September 11, 2013
Welcome back: 49ers reacquire WR Kassim Osgood


****UPDATE**** The 49ers officially announced they have signed Kassim Osgood to a one-year and placed linebacker Nick Moody on injured reserve/designated to return. Moody will not be eligible to practice with the team until at least six weeks have passed, and cannot be activated until at least eight weeks have passed.

The 49ers re-acquired receiver and special teams ace Kassim Osgood, according to a league source. The 10-year veteran originally joined the team in June and he was among the 49ers' final cuts. If he had been on the roster in Week 1, his $940,000 salary would have been guaranteed. Signing him now means the 49ers can release him later and not owe him his full salary. The Monterey Herald first reported the acquisition. Osgood is a Salinas native.

It's not known yet who was bumped off the 53-man roster in order to make room for Osgood (6-5, 220), but rookie linebacker Nick Moody is nursing a right hand injury from Sunday's game. Moody, who played 23 snaps on special teams against the Packers, may be a candidate for injured reserve with a designation to return to the roster later this season.

Osgood's role, meanwhile, likely will be on special teams coverage units rather than on offense. The 49ers have six receivers on the active roster as of now. Two more, Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree, are expected to join the roster later this season. Osgood has played the gunner role on punt coverage in the past. One of the team's gunners on Sunday, C.J. Spillman, served as the team's special teams captain for Week 1. The other, Tramaine Brock, was called for two penalties on one play late in the game.

Osgood finished the exhibition season with three catches for 34 yards, all of them coming in Game 1 against Denver. He was credited with two special teams tackles, both of them also in the Broncos game.

Meanwhile, Anquan Boldin was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 13-catch, 208-yard effort against the Packers in Week 1.

-- 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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