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WITH HIS INJURED FOOT ON THE MEND, MONTANA MAY FACE MARINO MONDAY

SHARE WITH HIS INJURED FOOT ON THE MEND, MONTANA MAY FACE MARINO MONDAY

Joe Montana's injured foot is getting better, and he may - just may - be ready for Kansas City's game Monday at Miami.

"I did a little moving around yesterday, and it didn't feel too bad," Montana said Friday. "I'm going to try to do a little more today and see how it goes. It depends on how sore it is."The Chiefs (7-6) have lost three of their last four games and face do-or-die situations in their last three, beginning with the Monday night tilt that long has been advertised as Montana vs. Dan Marino, the only two active quarterbacks who've thrown for 40,000 yards.

Montana hurt the foot Nov. 27 at Seattle and sat out last week as Steve Bono passed for more than 300 yards in a 20-17 overtime loss to Denver.

"It will be up to the doctors," Montana said. "But the good thing is it didn't swell up, so I feel pretty about it."

Initial examinations indicated the foot may be broken. But there was no break.

"There's two movements involved," he said. "When you're pushing away with the left foot, which is kind of like I hurt it. Between that and if I was going to go straight ahead and you get up on your toes. I can stand on my toes. But when I try to push off and run, that's where it feels like a sharp knife. Sometimes it gives out or gets weak because of the pain.

"Other than that, it feels pretty good."

Montana, 38, angrily denied a published report last week in New York that he had decided to retire at the end of this season. He reiterated that no decision had been made about his future.

But missing games this late in life does sting. He knows the end inevitably will come to what many will call the greatest career as a quarterback in NFL history.

"It's different from most occupations," Montana said. "If I was in another occupation and got hurt, it would feel pretty good to have a couple of days off. But here, when you've only got 16 regular season games, you try not to miss anything. You hate to miss it, and you always try to get back as soon as you can."