Quarterback Joe Montana has been told by San Francisco 49ers team doctors that he should undergo elbow surgery, but the three-time Super Bowl MVP is seeking other medical opinions.
Any surgery would end Montana's 1991 season as well as threaten his career with the 49ers, who have won four Super Bowls with Montana as their quarterback.
"It's time we address the situation if is not going to get better," 49ers president Carmen Policy said. "If rest and rehabilitation is not going to get Joe back onto the field this season then it's time to say, 'Let's get a start on whatever gives us the best opportunity that will get him back for next season.' That seems to be surgery."
A source close to the 49ers and another source close to Montana said yesterday that team doctors have recommended surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow.
However, the 35-year-old quarterback was seeking opinions from other specialists, one source said.
"If some other doctor says he doesn't need surgery, he might decide to go with that opinion," the source close to Montana said. "But otherwise, it seems surgery is likely."
* BENGALS: Linebacker Kevin Walker will be lost for the seaso because of a knee injury.
Walker, a Maryland alumnus, injured his right knee Sunday when he caught his cleats in the artificial turf at Riverfront Stadium during a 13-7 loss to Seattle. The injury initially was described as a severe sprain, but medical tests performed Monday have found a torn ligament that will require surgery.