WR Bruce to Return to the Niners in 2009

The Niners will get their 2008 leading wide out back, as receiver Isaac Bruce has told the team he’s coming back for the 09 season. Bruce told coach Mike Singletary on Wednesday of his decision to return for his 16th NFL season.

He missed the 49ers’ minicamp last month while contemplating retirement, but his return is a major boost to a San Francisco offense that would have lacked a top receiver. Bruce led San Francisco with 61 catches for 835 yards and seven touchdowns last season, his first with the 49ers after 14 seasons with the Rams.

Bruce hit two major milestones during a late-season win over St. Louis, passing Tim Brown for the second-most receiving yards in league history and becoming the fifth player to catch 1,000 passes.

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