Thursday, October 9, 2003
Updated: October 10, 10:20 AM ET
Garcia has MRI on right forearm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Quarterback Jeff Garcia was added to
the San Francisco 49ers injury list Thursday and did not practice
due to a bruise on his throwing arm.
Garcia experienced pain and swelling in his right forearm after
practicing Wednesday and had an MRI on Thursday morning after it
continued to bother him.
"That's exactly what it is, a bruise," coach Dennis Erickson
said. "We'll see how it is. He'll play in the football game
(Sunday), but it's a day-to-day thing."
Erickson said Garcia injured his arm during San Francisco's
24-17 victory last week over the Detroit Lions, but apparently did
not realize the extent of the injury until participating in
Garcia has started 61 consecutive games for the 49ers and is
listed as probable for Sunday night's game at in Seattle Seahawks.
Garcia, who wore a brace on his right wrist and forearm as he
watched practice, did not speak with reporters Thursday.
"I thought he threw it pretty good (Wednesday)," Erickson
said. "You'd like to have him out there. He's been around long
enough that it wouldn't affect him as much as it would others."
Backup Tim Rattay took all the snaps with San Francisco's
first-team offense in practice.
Garcia also has been hampered this season by back and groin
problems. The NFL's all-time leader in touchdown
passes-to-interception ratio entering the season, Garcia has thrown
six touchdown passes and seven interceptions while San Francisco
has struggled to a 2-3 start. He ranks just 27th in the league with
a 67.4 passer rating after three straight seasons of finishing
among the NFC's top four quarterbacks.
PLUMMER NFC'S BEST: Cornerback Ahmed Plummer was announced as
the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week after his performance
against Detroit. Plummer had an interception and knocked down two
other passes against the Lions. Plummer leads the team and ranks
fourth in the NFC with three interceptions.
The fourth-year cornerback has 24 passes defensed since the
start of last season -- ranking him sixth in the league during that
span. Plummer bulked up to 198 pounds in the offseason, about 15
more than he weighed last year, and he said that has made him
stronger and more confident.
"Ahmed's been a solid player for a good three years now, and I
think people are finally starting to take notice upon him," Niners
defensive coordinator Jim Mora said. "If he can keep making plays
on the ball and have big games like that, then people will continue
to take notice."
TE JOHNSON COULD MISS SEASON: Erickson said for the first time
that it's possible tight end Eric Johnson could miss the remainder
of the season because of a broken clavicle he sustained in an Aug.
23 exhibition game against New Orleans.
The Niners originally expected Johnson would be able to return
by mid-November and play in the team's final six games.
"That's kind of an iffy thing now," Erickson said. "They take
a bone scan every week. It's starting to mend, but we were hoping
it would heal faster than it has. In another week or two, we'll
know more whether he'll even be able to play this year or whether
we'll have to put him on" injured reserve.
Erickson said Johnson, the team's starting tight end since his
rookie season of 2001, has lost almost 20 pounds since being
injured. It could take weeks for Johnson to get back in playing
shape after he is cleared to practice.
"If you're only going to have him back for the last two or
three games, it's not worth it," Erickson said. "There's some
roster things we can probably do with that spot. But we're going to
wait a couple weeks to see where we're at."
EXTRA POINTS: All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens returned to
practice after missing Wednesday's session with an Achilles strain.
... Receivers Arnaz Battle (hamstring) and Tai Streets (quadriceps)
and cornerback/kick returner Jimmy Williams (back) were added to
San Francisco's injury list Thursday. All are listed as probable.
... Seattle coaches ought to know the 49ers system well. Seahawks
head coach Mike Holmgren was a San Francisco assistant for six
years, defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes was a San Francisco
assistant 12 years, linebackers coach John Marshall spent 10 years
with the 49ers and defensive line coach Dwaine Board coached the
past 13 seasons with the Niners before joining the Seahawks this