May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore heads towards the locker room during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

49ers RB Marcus Lattimore has suffered no setbacks

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It was just a year ago that San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a gruesome leg injury in his final game with the South Carolina Gamecocks, but his hard work and dedication has paid off as he attempts to return to the field in the NFL.

Lattimore tore three ligaments in his right knee last October and he will not be playing this season, but the rookie running back is making huge strides and should return to the field next year.

Earlier this month, Lattimore was able to be cleared for contact and he has been participating in 49ers practices, where he has shown that his surgically repaired knee is doing well. Lattimore has also been able to avoid any setbacks, which is a great sign for the young rusher.

“I’m hitting it,” Lattimore said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “When I’m out there, I’m going at the pace I normally would.”

Since Lattimore will not be playing this season, he is finishing up his final reps of the year in practice.

The 49ers have until the end of next week to activate him from the non-football injury list, but they are not expected to do so and he will end his rookie campaign on the IR.

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