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Niners WR Hamilton tears ligament in knee

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (May 25, 2005) -- San Francisco 49ers receiver Derrick Hamilton tore a ligament in his left knee during a workout at the club's training complex May 25, possibly sidelining him for the upcoming season.

Hamilton, a third-round draft pick last year out of Clemson, was injured while running a route. He will have surgery next week, coach Mike Nolan said.

"Derrick has worked very hard in the offseason and minicamp to improve, and we hope his recovery allows him to contribute at some point in 2005," Nolan said.

Hamilton didn't catch a pass for the 49ers last season, spending 14 weeks on the club's inactive list before playing sparingly in the final two games. But Nolan and his new coaching staff praised the speedy receiver's offseason work, which put him in competition with P.J. Fleck for a spot as San Francisco's No. 3 receiver.

The 49ers also held more negotiations with Tom Condon, the agent for top draft pick Alex Smith. Smith, who's participating in organized team activities this week, is close to agreement on a contract expected to be worth more than $57 million.

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