San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is one of the guys that you can’t help but to root for. After suffering a horrifying knee injury at South Carolina, Lattimore was able to stay focused and work his way back to the field. It took countless hours of intense rehab, but Lattimore is finally in the NFL and closer to reaching his ultimate dream.
While Lattimore won’t be ready for training camp, he believes that he will be ready to start participating in practice for the 49ers by mid-season.
“I did a lot this offseason,” Lattimore said on the NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk. “I’ve been running sprints, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit — that felt good. I probably won’t do training camp. And I’m on course with the trainer and the doctor to get a chance to practice mid-season and see what happens.”
This isn’t the ideal situation for a team when you spend a draft pick on a rookie, but it is great for the 49ers and also for Lattimore.
San Francisco is one of the most talented teams in the NFL, so they can afford to give Lattimore a “redshirt” year and have him completely rehab his knee to 100 percent before stepping up and playing a role in the offense next season.
Lattimore is one of the most talented running backs in the 2013 draft class when healthy, so everyone is excited to see what he will do when he finally gets to full strength.