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49ers' Marcus Lattimore Ready To Take The Field

A year after the 49ers took him in the fourth round of the NFL draft, running back Marcus Lattimore says hes healthy enough in recovery from the gruesome knee injury that ended his college career that he could take the field today.

Lattimore said his next steps arent about rehabbing his knee, theyre just about convincing 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh that he deserves significant playing time:

If he wants to put me in, hell put me in, Lattimore told GoGamecocks.com. If I prove it in practice, I dont think theres no excuse why I cant play. Im ready.

The knee injury Lattimore suffered in 2012 was so serious that sitting out his rookie season, as he did last year, was far from his biggest concern. When he first got hurt, Lattimore feared hed never play football again.

For more on this story, visit NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk (Michael David Smith)



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