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Austin Collie visits 49ers

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Former Colts wide receiver Austin Collie has visited with another team as he tries to continue a career that’s been interrupted by injuries over the last three years.

Collie visited with the Patriots in New England earlier this week and Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Collie is working out for the 49ers in San Francisco on Thursday. The 49ers suffered a blow to their receiving corps this spring when Michael Crabtree was lost to an Achilles injury and they are also unsure of when Mario Manningham will be back to full speed after he tore his ACL last season.

That would make a healthy Collie a useful piece for the 49ers, but health is hardly a given. Collie played 16 games in 2011, but he missed 15 games last season and 10 games in 2010 because of a series of concussions and a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee. He’s cleared to return to work on both fronts, but it’s a lot of medical baggage for any player to carry when competing with players lacking serious red flags of their own.

Collie was productive with Indianapolis, however, and he’d be a low-cost flier for a team hoping to improve the secondary rungs of their depth chart at receiver.

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16 Responses to “Austin Collie visits 49ers”
  1. unsportsmenmic says: Jun 13, 2013 2:21 PM

    Good WR just dont let him get hit… Hold on wait Football is a contact sport? But I thought QB and WR were exempt from that

  2. nineroutsider says: Jun 13, 2013 2:27 PM

    He is (was?) a good player when healthy; worth signing to see what he can still do.

  3. cobrala2 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:28 PM

    I am convinced his next injury will be an exploding head: this guy should not be playing football.

  4. annapterp says: Jun 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    He’s a walking concussion. If the NFL was serious about player safety(don’t kid yourself thinking they are) he would not be playing anymore.

  5. themackstrong says: Jun 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    The 49ers are picking through every other teams trash now a days to try find play makers.

  6. calicokiller49 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:46 PM

    With the head hunting cheat hawks gunning for us this year, I don’t think this will end well……

  7. eaglesbar says: Jun 13, 2013 2:54 PM

    dumb why wont they just call T.O. seattle seahawks got that division

  8. roymunson1 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    Good player, great heart, and a great person. But please, for the sake of him and his family, please, don’t pick him up.

  9. schmitty2 says: Jun 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    Considering the defenses in the NFC west and his history of concussions he might want to strongly reconsider signing there.

  10. unsportsmenmic says: Jun 13, 2013 3:05 PM

    i would love to see T.O. back with the Niners but i think the league collectively has blackballed the Team Obliterator (thank you Mr. Bayless). As far as Seattle winning the division I can definitely see that, but wait Pete Carroll is their coach so he will find a way to mess it up.

  11. ninersforlife15 says: Jun 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    I know SF is just trying WR’s out to create competition in the absence of Michael Crabtree. But come on! I like Collie but he can’t take a hit. I like Randy Moss but he doesn’t do anything but go deep, which isn’t the basis of SF’s offense. Why not bring in Terrell Owen for at least a tryout. Seattle did it last year, he fits the West Coast style system, and he does a lot of the same things Crabtree does. Good YAC, runs all the routes, better run blocker than he gets credit for, and he would be another asstets to the other young WR’s. he is only going to play about a year which about all SF needs until their other WR’s get healthy. And don’t give me the speech about him being a cancer in the locker room. Randy Moss was more of a cancer in SF than TO was at his last two teams. Plus, combined in his last two seasons, he was about 200 yards shorts of 1,000 yards receiving. That is WAY more than I can say about Moss or Ochocinco who haven’t sniffed 600 yds in the past decade! BRING OWENS TO SF!

  12. folkcrusader says: Jun 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    The ‘niners are looking a bit desperate to sign some WRs. I guess OTAs did not shine a light on AJ and co.

  13. jibberator says: Jun 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    Considering that in the past two seasons we have had tons of reciever injury issues going into the nfc championship game – it is a wise decision to load up on cheap talent.

  14. dubblelznhell says: Jun 13, 2013 8:58 PM

    In his 2nd season with the Colts, he was on pace for over 1100 yards and 100 catches. I remember thinking this kid was a steal for them…..then he got hurt. He wasn’t the same the next year after…

  15. pcoz99 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:18 PM

    Bring in Moss and USE HIM!!! Don’t just make him a decoy. He was behind guys all year, and open at least 3 times in the end zone in the SB. If not for the Crabtree infatuation from Kaepernick, their might have been a different outcome with better decisions. Moss can still run, didn’t forget how to catch, and still has respect in this league.

  16. unsportsmenmic says: Jun 14, 2013 9:04 AM

    The Moss thing is crazy talk, just like the alligator arms he got in the super bowl that caused an interception. If Moss was so good and fast you would think somebody would have picked him up by now. What team wouldnt want speed? Harbaugh did USE him, he just is not the same player, and hell AJ Jenkins got behind people in games too, doesnt make them misused. All im saying is something on tape/film is making people say away from Moss, not the Niners misuse of him. In Harbaugh the NFL trust. (but your right he was open in the super bowl a few times, but short arming passes makes ur QB lose faith in you)

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