Tuesday notebook

The 49ers took another step backward before taking their biggest leap forward Sunday with a 31-28 overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Tim Rattay completed a team-record 38 passes on 57 attempts for 417 yards and two touchdowns. But Rattay said he knows that can't be the recipe for success for the 49ers this season.

Including the five times Rattay was sacked and the one scramble in which he gained 15 yards, the 49ers called 63 passes, 16 run plays and one play that was aborted on a fumbled exchange from the shotgun formation.

"We don't want to do that," Rattay said of the imbalance between pass and run. "That was because of the situation. We're still going to run the ball and do play-action."

Rattay said it meant nothing to him that he is now the 49ers' record-holder for completions in a game. He broke the team record that Joe Montana set in 1985 against the Falcons with 37 completions.

"I'm not real big on records. I want to win," Rattay said. "The feeling in the locker room after the game, that's what you want. Records are just something written in a book. People are going to break them."

The 49ers are not sure if tight end Eric Johnson, the league leader with 41 receptions in the first five games, will be available for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. X-rays revealed Johnson has a fracture in his right ribs. He will not practice this week, but coach Dennis Erickson said he hopes Johnson will be available for the game.

Meanwhile, linebacker Julian Peterson underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to reattach his torn left Achilles tendon. Peterson said he hopes to be back next season stronger than ever. Peterson also wished to set the record straight about the play on which he sustained the injury.

"I watched the play, and I apologize to No. 70 (Cardinals right tackle L.J. Shelton)," Peterson said. "I thought he leg-whipped me. But he didn't. It was the way I landed. It was one of those freak accidents. He didn't even touch it. It felt like he did. It was just the way I landed down on the heel, and I collapsed after that."

With Peterson out, seldom-used Brandon Moore will play the strong-side linebacker position. Saleem Rasheed will also mix into the rotation.


--- RB Kevan Barlow showed some frustration after gaining just 34 yards on 14 carries in the 49ers' victory over the Cardinals. Barlow has rushed for 98 yards on 39 carries in the 49ers' last three games.

"I don't know what the problem is," Barlow said. "We just can't get it going right now. I'm learning and getting a feel for the offensive line with the new front. I haven't changed anything in my game. I feel better physically; I feel better mentally. I haven't lost a step. Nothing has changed in my game. (But) 2.4 yards a carry is a joke."

--- Rookie CB Shawntae Spencer did not see as much time against former University of Pittsburgh teammate Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver, as he had figured he would. Fitzgerald caught a 35-yard pass over Spencer, but Spencer does not mind the tradeoff.

"I was only matched up on him a few times," Spencer said. "He made a couple good plays out there, but we walked away with the win and that's all that mattered to me."

--- Rattay was the first 49ers quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards since Jeff Garcia had 402 yards passing on Dec. 17, 2000, against Chicago. Rattay's last 400-yard performance came for Louisiana Tech against Southern California in 1999.

--- Johnson required a painkilling injection in his right ribs to suit up for Sunday's game. He did not start, but he did finish. Johnson had career highs of 13 catches for 162 yards and leads the NFL in receptions with 41.

He started slowly, however, when he appeared to hear footsteps upon catching an 11-yard pass early in the second quarter.

"That first catch I was a little hesitant," Johnson admitted. "I almost dropped it."

However, Johnson also paid the price for playing. Further examinations on Monday revealed Johnson has a fractured rib. Yet, Erickson said he assumes Johnson will be able to play Sunday against the Jets.

--- Peterson will be in a cast 6 to 8 weeks for an injury that could require a six-month rehabilitation. Peterson, the team's exclusive franchise player, is making a salary this season of $6.074 million. The club will continue trying to negotiate a long-term contract.

--- DE Andre Carter missed his fourth consecutive game and is expected to miss at least two more games after undergoing surgery Oct. 4 to remove a cyst from his back. Carter missed games with a bulging disk in his lower back before the surgery.

--- DE Brandon Whiting, who started the last three games, received good news on Monday. The 49ers originally thought Whiting had a high left ankle sprain. But after further evaluations, Whiting was diagnosed with a bone bruise to his lower ankle. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game.

--- LB Derek Smith, the team's leading tackler, is out for at least another two weeks with torn ligaments in his right ankle.

--- FB Jasen Isom saw his season come to an end Sunday when he sustained a torn left Achilles tendon, just minutes after Julian Peterson was diagnosed with the same injury. Isom also had surgery Tuesday and will be in a cast 6 to 8 weeks before he can begin a lengthy rehabilitation process.

--- CB Mike Rumph, who sustained a broken right forearm in the Oct. 3 game against the Rams, will not be placed on injured reserve for a while so the team can see if there is any chance he can come back this season.

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