The San Francisco are clearly taking Marcus Lattimores’ situation very seriously, and are expected to place him on the “non-football list” to begin next season.
As CSN’s Matt Maiocco reports, “If he remains on that list to open the regular season, he would not take up one of the team’s 53 roster spots.”
The 49ers took a gamble with their second pick of the fourth round, selecting Lattimore out of South Carolina at No. 131.
Lattimore had a breakout freshman with over 1,000 yards on the ground, earning him National Freshman of the Year honors. However, what should have been a legendary college career was cut short by injuries.
A torn ACL cost him much of the 2011 campaign, and last season, he suffered a devastating knee injury that essentially ended his college career in October.
Lattimore has drawn comparisons to Arian Foster of the Texans.
“Taller north-south runner who plays with good lean to plow for yards between the tackles,”says the scouting report from NFL.com. “Possesses vision and quick feet for his size to slide into a rushing lane and the speed to get upfield once finding the hole. Quite effective on zone runs when used in that capacity.”‘
Lattimore, who is still recovering from surgery, has vowed to be ready by Week 1.
“I feel like, personally, I need three more months before I put some pads on,” Lattimore told USA TODAY Sports. “I know my body. I know when I’ll be ready to play. It takes time I know, but at the beginning of the season, I feel like I should be ready to go.”
Even if he is, the 49ers may block his desires to play in Week 1.