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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

San Francisco 49ers Rumors: Marcus Lattimore still not ready to practice

The San Francisco 49ers collect running backs the way kids collect baseball cards, but one of their backs has yet to see any action and he’s been in the league for a full year now.

Marcus Lattimore suffered a brutal knee injury in his senior season at South Carolina back in 2012 but the 49ers drafted him anyways and have been easing him back from his injury so that he can fit into the team’s rotation of running backs moving forward.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Harbaugh still doesn’t think that Lattimore is ready to practice and isn’t going to rush him back.

Jim Harbaugh said he recently received a “good report” on 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore from the two people in charge of his rehabilitation. Still, Lattimore is not yet ready to join his teammates at practice.

“He’s been doing well,” Harbaugh said. “There’s been gains, but that’s where we’re at – not quite there yet.”

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This isn’t all that surprising though, as Lattimore’s knee was torn to shreds back in 2012 and it’s not something that you rush a running back, even an young one, back from. Still, it’s been almost two years since the injury and while the Niners are being cautious with their young back, he’s going to have to absorb contact at some point.

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