Rattay's run at QB over?

In noting that Tim Rattay's performance in Green Bay "wasn't his best football game," 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said Monday that wouldn't be the deciding factor whether Rattay still will be San Francisco's starting quarterback this coming Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore.

"It wasn't his play. That has nothing to do with it," Erickson said.

As he has been saying since regular starter Jeff Garcia was injured in an Oct. 26 game at Arizona, Erickson stated Monday that Garcia would return as the 49ers quarterback this week "if he can play and he's close to 100 percent."

That still was undetermined after the Niners returned to their Santa Clara headquarters to regroup after their 20-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"Jeff is pretty close to getting healthy," Erickson said. "We'll know more about that at practice on Wednesday. As soon as I see him practice and see how he is Wednesday, then we'll make a decision on what we are going to do at the quarterback position.

"The biggest thing is how he moves around in practice. Hopefully, if he can practice Wednesday and go through everything, which he did practice at the end of last week, if he can move around in practice to how I feel (he should), then we would go ahead and start him, but we won't be able to answer that for sure until after practice Wednesday."

In his first two NFL starts, Rattay was masterful in place of Garcia, leading the Niners to high-scoring wins over the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers while compiling a passer rating of 120.4 in the two games.

Rattay wasn't so masterful in Sunday's loss to the Packers, though he didn't get a lot of help from those responsible for protecting him against a resurgent Green Bay defense.

"It was a learning process for him," Erickson said. "He got heat. He didn't get a lot of help in all kinds of areas. If you look at it offensively, it was not a very good effort by the whole offensive football team. He made some good throws and some throws that weren't so good. I think he got pressure early up in the middle and he hadn't had that in the first two games. We all knew that. That was going to happen eventually. I thought he played OK. Tim Rattay didn't lose that football game or have the entire offense on his shoulders."

Whoever plays quarterback for the Niners this week probably won't have Pro Bowl right guard Ron Stone in front of him. Stone left after San Francisco's second offensive play against the Packers when he reaggravated a hamstring injury and is "very questionable to play this week," according to Erickson.

Dwayne Ledford, who replaced Stone, sustained a high ankle sprain - an injury that has plagued the Niners this season - and is out for the season, Erickson said.

That situation has the Niners in the process of looking for another offensive lineman. The team could sign another lineman in the next few days.

The loss of Stone and Ledford will have the Niners juggling their offensive line once again.

"We have to look at that at and make some adjustments, obviously," Erickson said. "The guard situation is interesting because Ledford took Stoney's place. So, we're going to have to make a move. We're going to have to take somebody and move them to guard. We haven't decided that yet. We want to try to get our best five on the field.

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