Although he won’t be activated from the NFI list this season, it’s encouraging to hear that San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Marcus Lattimore continues to make excellent progress on his surgically repaired knee. His recovery and determination have been inspiring, but he’s stuck in a very crowded 49ers backfield until further notice. It will be interesting to see what his role on the team will be in the future, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to Lattimore’s potential. As we saw during his career at South Carolina in college, Lattimore has an incredible wealth of talent.
According to the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, Lattimore hasn’t suffered any setbacks on his knee injury, and he is taking snaps with both the scout team and the 49ers regular offense each day. That’s definitely great news, and Lattimore has plenty of time to continue his recovery and will only become even more intriguing.
The most important thing, though, is that Lattimore doesn’t feel limited by the injury anymore and is going at full speed. Per Barrows, Lattimore is cutting and accelerating “the way he used to” and “isn’t holding back” anymore. Here’s what Lattimore said, “I’m hitting it. When I’m out there, I’m going at the pace I normally would.”
Lattimore’s story is a heart-warming one, and I hope it culminates in a long, healthy, and successful career in the NFL; he’s definitely one of those guys you root for.