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49ers’ Crabtree practices for first time in preseason

- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Wideout Michael Crabtree was in uniform Tuesday and practicing with the San Francisco 49ers for the first time this preseason.

Crabtree, the 10th overall draft pick in 2009 out of Texas Tech, was activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Crabtree, 23, had 55 catches for 741 yards and six touchdowns last year.

He participated in a short pass-and-catch drill with quarterback Alex Smith before moving to the front field to do agility drills and individual work.

"We'll see just how quickly he's able to re-acclimate into playing shape, football shape, and back into the flow of playing," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said

• Frank Gore said his agent is gone after what he considered a productive meeting Monday with the 49ers about a new contract for the two-time Pro Bowl running back. Gore would not say Tuesday whether an initial proposal was made.

Saints cut Brown, sign Kasay

METAIRIE, La. — The Saints released former starting defensive end Alex Brown and signed veteran kicker John Kasay.

The signing of Kasay, 41, comes after Garrett Hartley hurt his hip while kicking an extra point in New Orleans' preseason victory at Oakland on Sunday. Kasay made 25 of 29 field goal attempts last season, including a 55-yarder.

Brown, in his 10th year in the NFL, started every game for the Saints in 2010 and was in on 39 tackles, including two sacks. He was due about $3 million in salary this season. Brown was one of 11 players cut Tuesday, when teams trimmed their rosters to 80 players.

Around the league

RAMS: St. Louis released veteran linebacker Na'il Diggs, a 12-year veteran who started 12 games last season and made 37 tackles. He likely will likely be replaced by Brady Poppinga.

JETS: Kicker Nick Folk and punter T.J. Conley won their respective training camp competitions and made the Jets' roster. Folk, New York's kicker last season, beat out Nick Novak, who played at Maryland.

BEARS: Chester Taylor was back practicing with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, and he took the blame for a misunderstanding that left him thinking he had been cut. The veteran running back's mea culpa is the latest twist in an odd saga that is widely expected to end with the team parting with him. It hasn't happened yet, though.

PANTHERS: Carolina placed projected starting right guard Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve, one of seven roster moves. The Panthers also waived/injured quarterback Tony Pike.

BROWNS: Cleveland starting offensive guard Eric Steinbach is out for the season with a back injury. He hadn't missed a snap in two years. With Steinbach out, rookie Jason Pinkston is the most likely candidate to take over.

TITANS: Defensive end Derrick Morgan, Tennessee's first-round pick of 2010, will miss the season opener after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

CHARGERS: San Diego released long snapper David Binn, the only player left from the 1994 Super Bowl team. Binn joined the Chargers in '94 as a rookie free agent.

COWBOYS: Dave Rayner joined Dallas' congested kicking competition. Rayner arrived Tuesday, a day after being cut by Detroit. He joins a mix that includes incumbent David Buehler, recent arrival Shayne Graham (Virginia Tech) and undrafted rookie Dan Bailey.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville waived rookie defensive end Marc Schiechl and first-year center Bradley Vierling. Both were waived/injured, meaning they will revert to the team's injured reserve list if they clear waivers.

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