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

NFL Rumors: Marcus Lattimore ready to contribute to 49ers


When the San Francisco 49ers open their season, running back Marcus Lattimore hopes to be on the active roster as the former South Carolina product says he’s healthy and ready to play.

As you’ll likely recall, Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury, dropping the one-time Gamecocks star to the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Many believed Lattimore was one of the better running backs available, so the late selection was deemed a coup by many – this was assuming Lattimore could return to the player he was in college.

We still don’t know if such can be achieved, but Lattimore is ready to prove such.

“After my injury, I just wanted to walk again,” Lattimore said. “It was tough, very tough. We’re a playoff team, so we play 20-plus games. Being on that sideline, we got so close to the Super Bowl title the last three years. But I’m blessed to be in this situation. Never would have thought in a million years I’d be in this situation.”

“If he wants to put me in, he’ll put me in,” Lattimore told GoGamecocks.com. “If I prove it in practice, I don’t think there’s no excuse why I can’t play. I’m ready.”

San Francisco’s backup running backs situation is currently influx, so it’s entirely possible that Lattimore could see playing time if he proves himself during camp.

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