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QB may return to practice in 3-4 months

Updated: May 8, 2004, 9:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Starting quarterback Tim Rattay, injured during a Friday minicamp session for the San Francisco 49ers, will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in his upper groin.

While the 49ers have not yet conceded the injury will now force the club to seek a veteran quarterback, sources said that will be the case, and San Francisco officials will begin to compile a list of possibilities.

Team officials announced the planned surgery on Saturday evening and, while attempting to retain an optimistic ...

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