Marcus Lattimore will have to wait until 2014 to play his first NFL game. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Although he practiced fully for the past three weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have placed running back Marcus Lattimore on injured reserve, ending his season. And while he has not experienced any setbacks as he recovers from major knee surgery, he was never expected to be active this season.
The rookie is in the process of working his way back from a right knee injury that prematurely ended his college career at South Carolina. Before the injury, he was considered a first-round pick.
Instead, the 49ers drafted Lattimore in the fourth round, expecting 2013 to be a year for him to rehabilitate his knee. From CSNBayArea.com's report:
“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 said.
Lattimore said Friday that he could play if necessary, but the 49ers don't need another running back right now. From the report:
“If I had to play, I would play,” Lattimore told CSNBayArea.com on Friday. “Without question, if they needed me, I could play. But they don’t need me right now.”