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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana suffered a hamstri

December 15, 1987

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana suffered a hamstring injury midway through the first quarter of Monday night’s game with the Chicago Bears.

Montana, the NFL’s top-rated passer who has a team-record 39 touchdown passes, suffered the injury with 7:32 left in the period with the 49ers facing a first-down situation at the Chicago 12.

As he dropped back to pass, Montana appeared to stumble over running back Roger Craig and fell at the 19. He was helped off the field, and was limping, favoring his left knee.

The injury was diagnosed as a pulled hamstring and Montana, aided by crutches, returned to watch the second half from the sidelines. He was listed as doubtful for next week’s game with Atlanta.

Ironically, the Bears’ first-string quarterback, Jim McMahon, missed the game with a pulled hamstring.

Montana was replaced by Steve Young, who scrambled 18 yards to the one on the next play. Two plays later, Young hit Jerry Rice with a touchdown pass that gave the 49ers a 7-0 lead.

It was the 11th straight game in which Rice has caught a touchdown pass, tying a league record.

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