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49ers cut ties with center Heitmann, kicker Nedney

The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with veteran center Eric Heitmann and kicker Joe Nedney on Friday after they failed physicals.The team made the announcement ahead of its first practice under new coach Jim Harbaugh scheduled for the afternoon.The 31-year-old Heitmann was placed on season-ending injured reserve last November in his ninth NFL season because of a neck injury that wasn't healing as quickly as the Niners had hoped. He later underwent offseason surgery.Nedney will be replaced by five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, who agreed to a deal Thursday.When he went on IR, Heitmann hadn't played at all in 2010 after breaking the fibula in his left leg early in training camp last Aug. 9. He was expected to miss up to two months and returned to practice Sept. 29. David Baas took his place on the starting offensive line."Eric gave nine tremendous years of service to the franchise and the Bay Area community," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "As a leader in our locker room, ...

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