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.