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Marcus Lattimore

October 28, 2012 by  

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday that star running back Marcus Lattimore dislocated his right knee during Saturday’s victory against Tennessee and the injury is something he can come back from to play football again. Spurrier visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the junior had a good attitude about his condition. Spurrier said South Carolina team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore’s knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to the hospital.

Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore would never play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season.

“We’re optimistic his football days are still ahead of him,” Spurrier said. “There is a history of guys coming back from this.”

Lattimore was running through the left side when he was struck around the knees by Volunteers defensive back Eric Gordon, Lattimore’s right leg whipping around and slamming against the turf.

South Carolina trainers immediately rushed to his side, keeping Lattimore flat on his back as the junior attempted to sit up and see the injury.

Lattimore was taken off the field on a cart and went to the hospital for further evaluation.

Lattimore injured his left knee last fall at Mississippi State. He had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage, then needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.

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