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BEHIND ENEMY LINES: San Francisco 49ers
Player News and Notes for Week 17

The 49ers have no clearer picture of their future at quarterback than they did when the season began.

Starter Tim Rattay played in just nine games this season and he was never 100 percent healthy at any time. His results were spotty at best. He completed 60.9 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 78.1.

Backup Ken Dorsey, a second-year pro, struggled in his first six starts. He will start the season finale Sunday against the New England Patriots.

"I don't think that anybody could stand up on the table and say beyond a reasonable doubt, this is where we're at - good or bad," 49ers general manager Terry Donahue said. "I don't think we could do that. I look at Ken Dorsey and I watched him play against Arizona, and when he's protected he'll throw some errant passes, but he also threw some terrific balls and give us to a nice win.

"I watch Tim Rattay and watch him throw for 417 and say, 'Hey, that guy can play.' Then I watch him other weeks and they're off the money ... and you question whether or not you're going to have to get a quarterback."

The 49ers will own the No. 1 pick in the draft, and Donahue said he isn't sure if they will be in the market for a quarterback.

"You'd much rather have it clear," Donahue said. "Unquestionably, you'd rather have a clear definitive answer to our quarterback situation."

Donahue was noncommittal about what the 49ers will do with the No. 1 pick. He will not comment on the possibility of junior quarterbacks Matt Leinart (USC) or Aaron Rodgers (California) declaring for the draft.

"It appears we have the first shot, but there might not be a quarterback," Donahue said. "There's clearly not a Michael Vick or a Peyton Manning in this year's draft. So that's different than a lot of years."


  • WR Brandon Lloyd did not practice Thursday due to a left toe flexor strain and is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. If he is unable to play, veteran Curtis Conway will start in his place.
  • WR P.J. Fleck was promoted to the 53-man roster for this week so the 49ers could sign him to a multi-year extension, 49ers GM Terry Donahue said. Fleck has been on the practice squad all season. He caught three passes for 63 yards in the exhibition season. It is unlikely he will suit up for Sunday's game, but he could be used for special-teams duty.
  • DE Josh Cooper, who spent one game on the active roster this season, was promoted from the practice squad. He will likely suit up and see action Sunday against the Patriots.
  • DE Corey Smith sustained torn cartilage in a warmup drill at practice when he was jumping over bags. Smith, signed last week of the Buccaneers' practice squad, played last week against the Bills and but was not credited with any tackles.
  • DT Bryant Young needs nine tackles to tie his career-high of 84 tackles. He already has the second-most tackles of his 11-year career.
  • LB Derek Smith reached the 100-tackle plateau for the eighth straight year. Smith has 153 tackles, ranking second on the team behind Jeff Ulbrich's 155.

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