Marcus Lattimore Could Be Sidelined Until 2014

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There is some good news for South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore. The junior running back is expected to work his way back to the field and play football again. Unfortunately, the injury could keep Lattimore out of football until 2014.

Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier announced the news today along with news that Lattimore suffered a dislocated knee cap on the hit — not that we really needed confirmation on that account.

“We’re optimistic his football days are still ahead of him,” Spurrier said. “There is a history of guys coming back from this.”

“The prognosis is he can come back and play. It’s going to take some time, of course.”

Lattimore eligible to redshirt this season after his gruesome knee injury suffered against Tennessee on Saturday.

The All-American rusher needed six months of rehab last season following a torn ACL suffered against Mississippi State.  Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage in his left knee. The knee dislocation was suffered in Lattimore’s right knee.

It’s great news to hear that Lattimore will be able to come back from this injury and once again showcase his skill on the football field. The real question is whether or not Lattimore will be able to return to his old self or if he will look like a running back who has suffered a serious knee injury to each knee over the past two years.

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