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With Montana Ailing, 49ers Sign Santos

Associated Press

The San Francisco 49ers took out a little insurance on quarterback Joe Montana on Monday, signing former NCAA Division I career record-holder Todd Santos.

Montana, who led the 49ers to a 24-21 victory over the Rams Sunday, has bruised ribs and a right elbow injury, and is listed as probable for next Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Montana said Monday that the elbow injury first manifested about a week and a half ago.

“They took X-rays of the elbow, but the bones seem to be all right,’ Montana said. “The only way I can explain (the pain) is it’s like raw skin being drawn over a piece of wood that has a lot of splinters on it. After throwing a ball, I get a burning sensation in the elbow area.

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“So far, it hasn’t affected my throwing strength.”

With John Paye on injured reserve and only Steve Young on the active roster, the 49ers signed Santos, a 10th-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints this year.

Santos, waived by the Saints in the exhibition season, passed for 11,823 yards at San Diego State.


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