Baalke: Lattimore is close to being cleared to practice

Baalke: Lattimore is close to being cleared to practice
July 26, 2014, 6:00 pm
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He’s coming off, as we all know, a horrific injury.
Trent Baalke

SANTA CLARA -– Running back Marcus Lattimore, who remains on the 49ers’ non-football injury list, is close to getting on the practice field for the first time in training camp, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday.

“He’s close,” Baalke said. “How close? That remains to be seen.”

Lattimore spent his entire rookie season rehabbing a severe knee injury from November of 2012. He dislocated his right knee and sustained tears to three ligaments. The 49ers chose him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. This offseason, he returned to the practice field but sustained a hamstring strain.

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Said Baalke, “He’s had no setbacks.”

Lattimore is going through rehabilitation every day to strengthen his leg. Now, he needs to bolster his confidence in his physical condition, too.

“He’s coming off, as we all know, a horrific injury,” Baalke said. “We want to make sure, as does he, that he’s 100 percent mentally and physically to help this football team. And to give himself the best chance to compete at a very high level, which obviously you have to do in the NFL.

“Coming off an injury there’s really two things you have to address: The physical and the mental. Players know when they’re ready. And trainers (and medical staff) can know to a point when they’re ready physically. But it really comes down in these types of cases where the injury was to the level that it was, it was a significant injury. So there’s a mental hurdle and physical hurdle you have to overcome.”