When the San Francisco 49ers drafted Marcus Lattimore, they knew that he would be more of a long-term project, not a guy who would be expected to contribute immediately.
They have made that clear to the rookie running back, who was selected in the third round of the draft, bypassed by many teams because of his injury history in college with South Carolina.
Lattimore had a breakout freshman year 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.
So, the 49ers’ medical staff will make sure that Lattimore is 100 percent healthy before he can start playing again, even if that includes skipping training camp.
Been running sprints, you know, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit, that felt good,” he told NFL.com. “Probably won’t do training camp. You know, just on course with the trainer and my doctor. Get a chance to practice midseason and see what happens.”
Yes, that’s right, he’s aiming to be able to practice by midseason, which tells you a thing or two about how serious the 49ers are taking his recovery.