Saturday, June 29, 2013
Lattimore feeling good, but facing long wait
By AJ Mass
Marcus Lattimore of the San Francisco 49ers is still looking unlikely to play at all in his rookie season, but is still holding out some hope that he might be able to suit up, even if it's only for a game or two at the end of the year.
Speaking to the NFL Network while attending the Rookie Symposium, Lattimore said that while he probably would not participate during training camp, his goal is to get the OK from trainers to start practicing at some point in the middle of the season. Presumably, that means he's knows he is likely to be placed on the team's "Non-Football Injury" list, and forced to sit out for the first six games of the season and is optimistic that will give him enough time to fully recover from the injury he suffered in college (which is a non-football injury only in the semantics of NFL legalese).
Lattimore added that he's been learning a lot just by watching Frank Gore and seeing how hard he works on the field. Although he's been limited thus far to simply running a few sprints alongside teammates, Lattimore is taking a positive "wait and see" attitude that may well impress coaches enough that if he does make enough progress once he is able to begin to practice in earnest, he just might get that opportunity to suit up at the tail end of the 2013 season.