49ers looking at Austin Collie after Brandon Carswell tears ACL

The 49ers signed Brandon Carswell just on Wednesday. He wasted no time in introducing himself to the training staff. The receiver tore his right ACL during Thursday’s minicamp practice, his first practice with the team. So, now the 49ers need another pass catcher.

Enter Austin Collie.

But Collie himself has had far from a clean bill of health throughout his career, and the team wants to do its due diligence before signing him to a contract.

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.

Collie played his first four NFL seasons with the Colts. In his first two seasons, he had 15 touchdowns as one of Peyton Manning’s most reliable targets before concussions became a problem for him. He has just one touchdown since then, but if he can prove his previous injuries haven’t taken too much of a toll on his career, and if the Niners like what they see, it could be a nice pickup for them.

[via Sac Bee]

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