In a move that comes as a surprise to no one, the San Francisco 49ers have announced that they will be placing running back Marcus Lattimore on the injured reserve list. Lattimore was spending his time on the non-football injury list, as he recovered from a devastating knee injury that he suffered last year which ended his collegiate career at South Carolina.
Lattimore was never expected to play this year, so the placement on the IR is not a setback. In fact, Lattimore was able to practice for a few weeks and says that he feels ready and is confident that he will be able to go when his team needs him.
“If I had to play, I would play,” Lattimore told 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.”
It is going to be exciting to see Lattimore make his way back onto the playing field next season, so we will have to hope that he is able to use the offseason to ensure he comes back better than ever in 2014.
After seeing the remarkable recovery that Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey has made from a potentially career-ending knee injury, there is plenty of hope that Lattimore can return to his old form.