The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly looking into signing former Colts player Austin Collie to shore up their injury-thinned receiving corps, but they are likely to wait until after the start of training camp to do so, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
The news comes roughly a month after Collie was reported to have worked out for the team in June. While no contract was signed, the receiver apparently made enough of an impression to stay on the Niners' radar.
Collie could provide immediate depth for a team smarting from injuries in their pass-catching ranks. Starter Michael Crabtree underwent surgery in May to repair a torn Achilles and could miss up to three months of the season. The team signed Brandon Carswell last month, but immediately lost him to a torn ACL.
Collie is an injury risk himself however, having just worked back from a torn patella tendon that cost him much of the 2012 season. Of greater concern to NFL teams is his concussion history -- he has suffered three since 2010, the latest of which came at the beginning of last season.
San Francisco will enter training camp looking for someone to start opposite of veteran Anquan Boldin, a competition that will take place between A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, rookie Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore. If none can step up to the task, Collie may very well be receiving a call.