Montana undergoes further arm surgery


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quarterback Joe Montana's recovery from the right elbow problems that forced him to miss last season suffered a setback yesterday when he had surgery to alleviate irritation caused by scar tissue, the San Francisco 49ers announced.

Montana underwent what a team official described as a minor procedure performed by team doctor Michael Dillingham at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and should be able to begin throwing a football again in two to three weeks.

In a statement, the team said: "The procedure loosened some adhesions to eliminate minor annoyance Joe was experiencing in his elbow. The procedure called for use of a local anesthetic, and Joe was released from Sequoia Hospital immediately following the completion of the procedure."

Montana, 35, began having elbow problems during training camp last year, and he had to have surgery to repair a torn tendon Oct. 9.

His recovery seemed to be coming along smoothly, and after the first mini-camp of the year April 10-11, Coach George Seifert said Montana's recovery seemed ahead of schedule.

During that camp, Montana threw medium-range passes with no one rushing toward him.

Last weekend, he participated in the second mini-camp of the year and was more impressive, throwing with the accuracy and touch he has displayed throughout his career.

Unlike during the first mini-camp, Montana even participated in scrimmage situations in which defenders rushed him.

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