Montana to miss at least 4 weeks with sore elbow

August 28, 1991

Joe Montana, whose sore right elbow has resisted all treatment, was placed on injured reserve yesterday and will miss the San Francisco 49ers' opening game for the first time in a decade.

Montana will be replaced by Steve Young for Monday night's opener against the New York Giants and for at least three more games.

Young, the NFL's highest-paid backup, at $2.25 million a season, was 54-for-69 for 626 yards and four touchdowns in exhibition play.

* PATRIOTS: The club named second-year man Tommy Hodson the starting quarterback over Hugh Millen. But coach Dick MacPherson stressed that it applies only for Sunday's opener at Indianapolis.

* GIANTS: Running back Dave Meggett (Towson State) and the club are making progress in negotiations, Meggett's agent, Tony Agnone, said.

Agnone said: "We're moving along. We're not asking for anything close to what some of the other top all-purpose running backs are getting. It [the holdout] has all come because there is no other player like Dave around. He's gone from a fifth-round pick to a two-time All-NFL player and does so many things."

* DOLPHINS: Tight end Ferrell Edmunds (Maryland) and the club are "as far apart as Baltimore and Miami," Agnone, Edmunds' agent, said.

"We're $75,000 to $100,000 apart, depending on the length of the contract," Agnone said. "We have a genuine disagreement about his value to the club. Ferrell has come down a lot [the Dolphins are offering about $400,000 for one year], but we're still far apart. Money, not the length of the contract, is the problem."

* BILLS: Starting fullback Jamie Mueller, who has a cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, that could threaten his career, was placed on injured reserve.

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