Sprained ankle sidelines Garcia against Rams

Updated: October 30, 2003, 6:32 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- Quarterback Jeff Garcia won't play Sunday in the San Francisco 49ers' game against St. Louis to rest his injured left ankle.

Tim Rattay will make his first NFL start in place of Garcia, a three-time Pro Bowler who has struggled with several injuries all season. He has a partially torn ligament around his sprained ankle, and team doctors strongly recommended at least a week of rest.

"It has been a nagging injury holding me back every single week," Garcia said Thursday. ...

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