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Sunday, August 25, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Rosenbach Out For Season -- Montana's Elbow Posing Problems

Times News Services

TEMPE, Ariz. - Phoenix Cardinals quarterback Timm Rosenbach said he will undergo knee surgery and miss the 1991 season.

The news was not quite as drastic for Joe Montana, but reports out of San Francisco say the 49er legend's elbow problem that is expected to keep him out of the first two regular-season games could be more serious than the team has revealed, serious enough to pose a threat to his career.

While the 49ers continue to describe the problem as tendinitis, a source said Montana is suffering from a slight tear in the ligament and chronic loose cartilage in the elbow of his throwing (right) arm, a condition that may eventually require surgery.

In Phoenix, Rosenbach told a news conference he made the decision to go through with season ending surgery after consulting with orthpedic specialists. Rosenbach said he also talked to college friends from Washington State who've had the same surgery.

Rosenbach said the recovery time is generally from eight to 12 months.

PATRIOTS 24, GIANTS 3.

-- FOXBORO, Mass. - Leonard Russell ran for 122 yards and one touchdown and Tommy Hodson passed for another score as the New England Patriots snapped a 17-game losing streak by beating the Super Bowl champions.

BEARS 30, BILLS 13.

-- CHICAGO - Mark Green caught Chicago's first touchdown pass of the exhibition season and ran 6 yards for another score.

BENGALS 19, PACKERS 16.

-- MILWAUKEE - Jim Breech kicked a game-tying 31-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation and a 43-yarder with 8:40 left in the overtime.

DOLPHINS 28, SAINTS 24.

-- MIAMI - New Orleans shut out quarterback Dan Marino but couldn't keep Miami's defense and special teams out of the end zone as Paul Lankford recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown with 2:20 remaining.

JETS 13, REDSKINS 7.

-- COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ken O'Brien threw his first preseason touchdown pass and Pat Leahy kicked two field goals for the Jets.

NOTES -- Despite being frustrated by negotiations with the Green Bay Packers, place-kicker Chris Jacke is expected to end his holdout and sign a two-year contract not later than tomorrow. Jacke, a sixth-round draft choice in 1989, had made 70 of 71 extra points and 45 of 58 field goals in his two-year career.

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