49ers release return man Rossum

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Top return man Allen Rossum has been released by the San Francisco 49ers, creating roster room for newly signed rookie receiver Michael Crabtree.

Rossum was surprised by the move Monday when summoned to a meeting with coach Mike Singletary. He packed a few belongings and left team headquarters.

The 33-year-old player planned to return to his family in Atlanta. He will then decide whether to try to join another team or retire after parts of 12 NFL seasons. He ranks second in league history with 14,987 return yards.

Rossum hadn't been active the past two games after playing in the first three. This was his second season with the 49ers.

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