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49ers notes: Collie, Robinson to get another look

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 6:45 am

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers today will get another chance to decide whether Austin Collie can help them restock their dwindling numbers at wide receiver.

The former Colts receiver, who worked out for the team in June, will return to the 49ers' headquarters along with former Jaguar Laurent Robinson, another free-agent receiver. Both are talented veterans who must prove they are healthy enough to play this season.

Collie, who played at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, worked out for the 49ers on June 13. He has recovered from a torn patellar tendon that cost him most of the 2012 season in Indianapolis, and he has passed all the neurological tests associated with concussions. Collie has suffered three concussions since entering the NFL in 2009.

Concussions also are what prompted the Jaguars to part ways with Robinson one season into the five-year contract he signed with them in 2012. He suffered four concussions last season and played in only seven games. Jacksonville waived him in March.

One of the 49ers' team doctors, Daniel Garza, is a specialist at Stanford Hospital in concussions and head injuries.

Collie, who played at BYU, has been training in Utah this offseason. Like Robinson, he has interest from several other teams, including the Patriots, with whom he's also had a workout.

Robinson has visited the Dolphins, Jets, Lions and Patriots. He had a career-high 11 touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2011. He had only 24 catches with Jacksonville and didn't have any touchdowns.

The 49ers, meanwhile, began training camp with Michael Crabtree (Achilles') and Mario Manningham (ACL) on the physically unable to perform list. Since then, several other wideouts – Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Kassim Osgood and Quinton Patton – have been injured. Patton (finger) continues to practice but has been instructed not to catch passes.

Fleming on IR – As expected, linebacker Darius Fleming, who tore his ACL on Sunday, cleared waivers and will be placed on injured reserve. He'll join fullback Alex Debniak (Achilles') and receiver Brandon Cars-well on injured reserve.

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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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