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Posted: Wednesday April 1, 2009 2:44PM; Updated: Wednesday April 1, 2009 2:44PM

Bruce will return for 16th season

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Receiver Isaac Bruce is postponing retirement and returning to the 49ers

This will mark the 16th season for the second-leading receiver in NFL history

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Receiver Isaac Bruce is postponing retirement for another season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Bruce, the second-leading receiver in NFL history with 14,944 yards, informed 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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