49ers, a team with Montana, Young, are suddenly looking for QB

November 06, 1991|By McClatchy News Service

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Concerned over the knee injury t Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers gave tryouts to three unemployed quarterbacks yesterday.

In for evaluations were Tony Eason, formerly of New England and the New York Jets; Steve Pelluer, Dallas and Kansas City; and ex-San Jose State star Mike Perez, released from the New York Giants' practice squad.

Pelluer, who has made 30 career starts, was in for a tryout earlier this season when Joe Montana's elbow injury worsened.

Eason, who played at Illinois, went to the Jets last year as a backup to Ken O'Brien after quarterbacking New England to the Super Bowl during the 1985 season.

Coach George Seifert and vice president John McVay doubted a new quarterback would be signed until more is learned about the severity of Young's injury. The team will probably get that news no later than Friday, when Young is scheduled for another examination.

Already named to start Sunday's game at New Orleans is Steve Bono, who began the year as the third-stringer. The only other quarterback on the roster is rookie Bill Musgrave, whom the 49ers signed for their practice squad after he was released by Dallas.

Musgrave passed for 7,631 yards and 55 touchdowns in his four years at the University of Oregon.

Even if a third quarterback is signed, it's conceivable Musgrave will be promoted to the regular roster and be used on the sideline to signal in plays to Bono Sunday. The 49ers prefer that system to letting other players shuttle plays into the huddle.

And if Bono were hurt?

"That's really speculating," Musgrave said. "But if something happened to Steve, I feel I could go in and run most of the plays for this team. I've been here 10 weeks. I had to learn something."

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