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Report: 49ers’ top pick willing to sit out a year

The San Francisco 49ers won’t comment on an online report Thursday that top draft choice Michael Crabtree is willing to hold out the entire season.

ESPN.com quoted Crabtree’s cousin and adviser, David Wells, as saying Crabtree is prepared to sit and re-enter the NFL draft next year.

The 49ers released a statement saying that the team does not negotiate in the media. “In our view, there have been open and positive conversations on both sides,” the statement said.

San Francisco took the wide receiver with the 10th overall pick this year.

When quarterback Alex Smith was told about the report, he shook his head.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the summer,” said Smith. “As a rookie, you’re already behind the eight ball.”

Titans to honor McNair

The Tennessee Titans will pay tribute to slain former quarterback Steve McNair by wearing a No. 9 decal on their helmets this season, starting with this weekend’s Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday the league approved the team’s 11/4-inch decal in memory of McNair, who was killed July 4. McNair played 11 seasons with the Titans and led the team to its only Super Bowl appearance.

McCarthy said Titans coaches and sideline personnel will be allowed to wear a No. 9 lapel pin.

Short yardage

Suspended Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth feels he has done “irreparable harm” to the family of the man he killed while driving drunk and said he is ready to accept whatever ruling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes on his future. “I am truly sorry,” Stallworth said in a statement. … The woman who has accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her told authorities she has received dozens of threatening and harassing phone calls from people since she filed a civil suit against Roethlisberger on July 17. … The Houston Texans waived former Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson, an undrafted rookie, was still bothered by a dislocated right shoulder that he sustained during his senior season at Oregon in 2008. … The New England Patriots acquired two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for undisclosed draft considerations. … Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is out for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The team signed veteran receiver Robert Ferguson, who has played seven seasons with Green Bay and Minnesota. … Rookie Mark Sanchez outplayed Kellen Clemens in the New York Jets’ green-white scrimmage, possibly giving him a slight edge in the team’s closely contested quarterback competition.

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