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QB expected to be ready for regular season

Updated: August 14, 2003, 10:41 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Even as the 49ers continue to fret over a back injury that will keep quarterback Jeff Garcia out of a second straight preseason game, sources close to Garcia insist he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.

The four-year veteran's absence from practice is more precautionary than anything.

"If this week were the [season opener]," one source said, "Jeff would play. It's really that simple. Now, you're always a little concerned when a back injury is involved, but all of the gloom ...

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