49ers to start Rattay at QB Sunday
The Niners announced on Thursday that three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia has a partially torn ligament in his left ankle, prompting doctors to suggest he sit out a week.
Unforunately for the Niners, that week comes when they play the Rams (5-2), who are tied with Seattle (5-2) atop the division. San Francisco (3-5) trails both teams by 2 1/2 games.
Rattay, a fourth-year player from Louisiana Tech, gets his chance after serving as a backup to Garcia for the last 56 games.
"I have been here for a while and I am looking forward to it," Rattay said of making his first start.
Garcia suffered the injury in the second quarter of last week's 16-13 overtime loss at Arizona. His streak of 61 straight starts is the fifth-longest among active quarterbacks.
Rattay completed 12-of-18 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in relief of Garcia in a 35-7 loss at Minnesota on September 28. But he completed just 2-of-4 passes for two yards in the loss at Arizona.
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