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Marcus Lattimore expects to be ready for start of season

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on January 23, 2013, 3:08 AM EST

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South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is just three months removed from a devastating knee injury that ultimately ended his collegiate career.

The junior elected to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft and said Tuesday he expects to be ready for the start of the 2013 season for whatever team decides to draft him in April.

“That’s my goal, and it is realistic,” Lattimore said, via Dan Wolken of the USA Today.

Lattimore dislocated his right knee and tore several ligaments in the second quarter of South Carolina’s game against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Lattimore, who was projected to be a first round draft pick before the injury, took a hand-off running to his left when a Tennessee defender hit his square on his planted right leg. As he tumbled to the ground, his leg was noticeably disjointed.

It was the second straight season Lattimore has suffered a knee injury as he tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011.

Per Wolken, Lattimore is expected to begin jogging on land in just two weeks.

“Dr. (James) Andrews came in to see me he said, ‘You’re doing remarkable, you’re doing everything you can.’ His words were, ‘You’re going to shock the world,’” Lattimore said.

After seeing what Adrian Peterson was able to do this season after Andrews operated on him, it might be wise to trust his opinion on Lattimore as well.

Wouldn't be opposed to getting this guy in the 3rd or 4th round. If he lasts that long. Still want Eddie Lacy though.

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Wouldn't be opposed to getting this guy in the 3rd or 4th round. If he lasts that long. Still want Eddie Lacy though.

I'm sorry but there are too many good backs and a 3rd or 4th round pick is too valuable for the FALCONS to spend on Lattimore. I hear he is a great guy, but this is the 2nd major knee injury. Falcons need a back to come in next year and really add something to our running game. I want no part of Lattimore. If we were Baltimore, with Ray Rice and Pierce, yeah, I take a flyer on Lattimore in the 5th or 6th rounds. Not in our situation, we want to move forward. Not end up looking for another RB if he can't go in 2013. What AP did was freakish. I would not count on anybody else doing that. McGahee even sat out his first year. Too many other options.

I think he will get a shot, but its going to be as a lower round draft pick.

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I'm sorry but there are too many good backs and a 3rd or 4th round pick is too valuable for the FALCONS to spend on Lattimore. I hear he is a great guy, but this is the 2nd major knee injury. Falcons need a back to come in next year and really add something to our running game. I want no part of Lattimore. If we were Baltimore, with Ray Rice and Pierce, yeah, I take a flyer on Lattimore in the 5th or 6th rounds. Not in our situation, we want to move forward. Not end up looking for another RB if he can't go in 2013. What AP did was freakish. I would not count on anybody else doing that. McGahee even sat out his first year. Too many other options.

I think he will get a shot, but its going to be as a lower round draft pick.

Agreed, he is to much of a risk and we have to many other needs to use a pick on a risk player.

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