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Scott McKillop: On the way back

McKillop says he's better now than before injury

Scott McKillop looks a lot like he did last year at this time before a training-camp knee injury wiped out his 2010 season – robust, eager, optimistic and ready to compete for playing time at inside linebacker. The difference this year is McKillop has the humbling experience of sitting through a season on injured reserve, something that's made him vow to come back stronger for the 49ers in 2011.

With the knee injury now behind him, McKillop has arrived at training camp in tremendous condition and wearing the look of a gritty linebacker that just can't wait to hit somebody. It has been quite a while since that happened, and the third-year veteran wants to make up for lost time. McKillop had plenty of lost time last year to look toward his 2011 return after tearing knee ligaments and...

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