The South Carolina Gamecocks issued a statement to give an update on the injured leg of star running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a horrifying injury against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. While the junior running back has a long road to recovery ahead of him, the injury could have been worse.
It was initially feared that Lattimore suffered fractures and torn ligaments during the injury but the school’s statement clears the air.
University of South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a significant impact to the front of his right knee during the Tennessee game on Saturday. The ensuing hyperextension of the knee resulted in injury to several ligaments. There were no fractures or additional injuries, according to team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy. Lattimore’s surgically repaired left knee was uninjured during the play.
Lattimore is resting comfortably and will continue to be evaluated over the course of the week. Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football.
It is the second straight year that Lattimore has had his season cut short due to injury. Prior to his latest knee injury, Lattimore led the team in rushing with 662 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading receiver with 26 catches for 173 yards.
Lattimore is eligible to redshirt this season. As for his return to the field, that may not come until 2014.