San Francisco 49ers second-year running back Marcus Lattimore will not take part in the team’s minicamp this weekend as the former South Carolina Gamecocks star works through soreness in his attempt to get back in football shape, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
This shouldn’t be viewed as a setback or bad news as Lattimore continues to work his way back from a devastating injury suffered in his final season at South Carolina when he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and a dislocated kneecap in a game vs. Tennessee, but rather an encouraging sign that Lattimore is able to go through vigorous workouts to get the soreness in his legs.
“I’m not thinking about it,” Lattimore tells Barrows. “I’m thinking about the play, about what I have to do and my responsibility. So I’m just going – feeling each movement. And I’m enjoying every moment of it. I’m going to go hard because I know it could be my last. I know it could be my last time out there every time I step out there.”
The club has a big wildcard in Lattimore who is expected to be ready for the team’s training camp this fall so the extra time to get as close to 100 percent as possible is a smart approach. You can’t win the NFC West or the Super Bowl in late May.
The team added more insurance in this year’s draft with the drafting of Carlos Hyde in the second round to join returning starter Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James in the deepest backfield in the NFL.
Here’s to hoping we see the Lattimore we saw early in his South Carolina career at some point this season for the 49ers.