Austin Collie stayed healthy in his return to the NFL, which was a great sign considering all the concussion problems he's had in his career. Collie's form on the field, however, was not what it used to be.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee first reported Saturday that Collie was informed of his release by the San Francisco 49ers, who later confirmed the move. The former Indianapolis Colts slot receiver couldn't make the 49ers' roster on a crowded, if flawed, depth chart, but he tweeted that he isn't giving up on football.
No worries. The #comeback train isn't stoppin. Was a great opportunity 4 me to get back into playin shape & get my knee/body ready 4 season.- Austin Collie (@AKCollie_17) August 31, 2013
The 49ers also cut Chad Hall, Lavelle Hawkins and Kassim Osgood, leaving Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin on San Francisco's receiver depth chart to start the season. Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree will start the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.