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49ers following more patient approach

Updated: May 14, 2004, 8:44 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

No, the tremor that reverberated through the Bay Area last weekend wasn't "The Big One," although rabid San Francisco 49ers fans might suggest otherwise.

But the groin injury sustained by new starting quarterback Tim Rattay, and subsequent surgery that will sideline the three-year veteran for three or four months and threaten his availability for the regular-season opener, clearly was a rumble with ominous resonance.

After all, the 49ers are coming off a 7-9 season, and a third-place ...

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