Last year's 3rd round pick retires on 49ers

Glen Coffee's absence is explained Brad Biggs

Print This August 13, 2010, 02:23 PM EST

Glen Coffee was not present for practice on Thursday for the San Francisco 49ers and he didn’t show up at practice again this morning.

Now, there is a perfectly good explanation for his absence.

Coffee has decided to retire from the NFL, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

So much for that third-round draft pick. The 49ers selected Coffee in the third round from Alabama just a year ago. Coffee was expected to be the primary backup to starter Frank Gore this season. He was expected to have a role on special teams. Now, poof, he’s vanished.

Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie for the 49ers and carried the ball 83 times. Now, rookie Anthony Dixon could have an opportunity to become the No. 2 behind Gore. Otherwise, San Francisco might soon be in the market for a veteran backup just like the New Orleans Saints are.

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