49ers place Marcus Lattimore on IR, Rookie officially done for 2013
In fact, the rookie was never expected to be active this season after he suffered major injuries to his ligaments in the right knee, while playing for the Gamecocks in 2012. The knee injuries prematurely ended Lattimore’s college career at South Carolina and contributed to his fall from the draft boards in April. Hence, Lattimore, who was considered to be a top-ten lock before the injury, was instead picked up by the 49ers in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Although Lattimore started the season on the 49ers’ non-football injury list, he recently gained a brief window of practice to work with the team's training staff and fully recover from the knee injury. Lattimore said Friday that he could play for the team in 2013 if necessary. But the truth is that 49ers simply don’t need another running back right now.
“If I had to play, I would play,” Lattimore said. “Without question, if they needed me, I could play. But they don’t need me right now.”
However, the three-week practice window did some good for Lattimore, who regained confidence in himself and is now preparing for the next step.
“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 told CSNBayArea.com. “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,” Lattimore continued. I know I still got it. Going into next year, I can’t wait.”
While Lattimore will miss the rest of the 2013 regular season, he is expected to participate during the team’s offseason workouts and will likely play his first NFL game in 2014.