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49ers release Edwards

SAN FRANCISCO -- Struggling wide receiver Braylon Edwards was released by the San Francisco 49ers following surgery on his right knee earlier this season that limited him.

Edwards tweeted the news Tuesday, attributing the move to his injury, which "required more time to rehab and hasn't allowed me to re-sync with the offense."

The 49ers confirmed Edwards' release.

"I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the playoffs," Edwards said in a statement on his website. "I will be working hard this offseason to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support."

Edwards had 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns in eight games with five starts for the NFC West champion 49ers (12-3) after receiving a $3.5 million, one-year contract in August. That gave him a fresh start under coach and fellow Michigan man Jim Harbaugh.

He was inactive against St. Louis on Dec. 4 and again for the Monday night game. In a loss at Arizona on Dec. 11, Edwards had no catches and expressed his surprise not to be used more in the offense.

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