San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Marcus Lattimore got three weeks of practice with the team after recovering from a knee injured he suffered in college. He had three weeks to practice with the team, and that window ended on Friday.
“If I had to play, I would play,” Lattimore told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Without question, if they needed me, I could play. But they don’t need me right now.”
“This extra time is just going to give me enough time to get comfortable without the brace I was wearing and go out there and play like nothing ever happened,” Lattimore said. “Three weeks, and I got better every week. And that was my main goal, to get better every week. The soreness went down every week. I was out there moving around and being myself. And I know the things I have to work on now. . . .
“My confidence is good. I know I still got it. Going into next year, I can’t wait.”
The 49ers are giving him an extra full year of rest by not injecting him into the roster this season. It could allow him to have a more successful season in 2014, than he could have this year.