Marcus Lattimore is optimistic he'll be practicing with his teammates by mid-season, which would be about a year after he suffered a gruesome knee injury that ended his junior season at South Carolina.
The rookie running back expects to miss all of training camp and be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the regular season, but he told the NFL Network that he feels good about the work he's done in 49ers' Organized Team Activities.
“I did a lot this offseason,” Lattimore said. “I’ve been running sprints, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit — that felt good. I probably won’t do training camp. And I’m on course with the trainer and the doctor to get a chance to practice mid-season and see what happens.”
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Lattimore dislocated his knee on a run against Tennessee on October 27, tearing three ligaments. Weeks later, Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on the injured knee. Lattimore declared for the 2013 NFL draft and was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round.