USA Today Sports' (and soon to be at Fox Sports 1) Mike Garafolo is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers are working out former Colts wide receiver Austin Collie today. This followed a workout with the New England Patriots.
Collie is a guy who could fit a slot receiver role, but there are significant questions about his health. He has suffered at least four concussions over two years, and saw his 2012 season end after suffering a ruptured patella tendon in Week 3.
There is no question that Collie is talented, but the health issue can not be understated. He's a big boy who can make his own decisions, but I'm not exactly comfortable with this, particularly with the 49er sown prominence on the health and safety front. Jed York is the face of 49ers ownership, but the team's primary owners are his parents, John and Denise York. John York is chairman of the NFL's health and safety committee, and frequently appears in press releases touting health and safety updates surrounding the league.
I obviously can't tell Collie when he should quit playing football. And maybe he makes a 100% recovery and is fine for the rest of his career. That'd be great, but let's just say I'm skeptical that happens. It might not be fair to Collie, but sometimes life isn't fair.