Sep 18, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie (17) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive back Dimitri Patterson (21) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cleveland defeated Indianapolis 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers to Work Out WR Austin Collie


The San Francisco 49ers are still reaching into the free agent market, even in the heat of minicamp.

According to USA Today’s Mike Garafolo, the 49ers will work out free agent wide receiver Austin Collie.

Collie has spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted by them in 2009. He performed well in his rookie season with 60 receptions and seven touchdowns, but has never been the same after suffering two devastating concussions during his second year, coming out on the wrong end of a few big hits.

He played in all 16 games in 2011 but recorded only one touchdown, and his 2012 campaign was lost due to a ruptured tendon in his knee.

Essentially, Collie was a player with great potential, but injuries have tormented him throughout his pro career.

He spent his high school years at Oak Ridge High in El Dorado, near Sacramento, and he was named the Sacramento Bee’s player of the decade in 2009.

The 49ers are looking for wide receivers to fill in the hole created by Michael Crabtree’s Achilles tear, which may keep him out for the entire season.

While Collie may not be the most sexiest option, bringing him in to compete for a starting job cannot be a bad move.

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