Rattay has new arm injury

A MRI exam revealed Monday morning a new injury to quarterback Tim Rattay's throwing arm.

"The injury is there and it is real," 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said Monday afternoon.

Rattay has a strained muscle in his right forearm, and Erickson said it's a different injury than the forearm problem that kept Rattay out for three weeks during training camp in August.

Erickson said the injury began to surface last Friday when Rattay experienced considerable soreness throwing at practice that day. It got worse, and there was some question whether Rattay even would be able to start Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

"It's actually right up here by the thumb," Erickson said. "When he warmed up yesterday in practice, I was surprised that he even played."

Rattay played very well with the injury, completing 18 of 28 passes for 286 yards. He directed the Niners to an early 14-0 lead and finished with a quarterback rating of 95.2.

But the injury kept bothering Rattay as the game progressed, and he wasn't as effective in the second half, sailing a couple of his throws high and then throwing an interception in the final minutes that ended San Francisco's hopes of a comeback victory in a 22-14 loss.

"It kept bothering him and he had trouble gripping the ball," Erickson said. "He just pulled through it yesterday, but fortunately we have got this week to rest him up and hopefully get better."

The 49ers began their bye week Monday, and Rattay will have the entire week to rest before the Niners resume practicing next Monday in preparation for their next game, Oct. 31 against the Bears in Chicago.

"We're going to rest him this week, of course, because of the bye week, and we hope that he is ready to go next week," Erickson said. "But, it is a very similar injury (to the August injury). I've never seen one, much less two, like that that are pulled muscles in your arm. I would expect, knowing Tim, that he'll be ready to go next week."

Rattay, despite missing two full games and part of another with a separated shoulder, reached the bye week as one of the top passers in the NFC. He has completed 105 of 163 passes (64.4 percent) for 1,177 yards and has a quarterback rating of 92.5.

"He's throwing the ball really well," Erickson said. "I don't know if you could ask much more than what he has given us. I'm happy with how Tim is playing. Tim is playing how I expect. I expect him to play well, but he is playing well. He's been a leader, he's been tough and he's done everything we can ask. He's throwing the ball accurately. He hasn't made a lot of mistakes and has given us a chance to win football games."


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