Marcus Lattimore, the renowned American football running back, has dislocated his knee and damaged his ligaments in an accident while playing against Tennessee. Despite his injuries, South Carolina coachbelieves Marcus Lattimore would eventually return to football.
Marcus Lattimore was encouraged by his coach when he visited him on Sunday. Spurrier told him that he displayed good attitude and was fighting well against his injury. Spurrier said 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.
The team doctor said that Marcus’ knee was hyperextended and resulted in injuries to several ligaments. Fortunately, there were no fractures of broken bones and neither was his surgically repaired left-knee affected. The doctor also stated, “Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football,” according to a report by LA Times.
There were speculations that Lattimore wouldn’t be able to play football after his injury, but the coach issued promising statements about him returning to the game pretty soon. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season; hence, he has time to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season. The coach is pretty optimistic about his return, but he hasn’t had a word with him about his future as yet. For now, the entire focus is on his recovery. Spurrier said recovery will take some time, perhaps more than one offseason. Nevertheless, the team, and his fans are hopeful that Marcus Lattimore will make a comeback pretty soon.
Those who are curious about how he fell are searching for the videos online. Slow motion replays of the second-quarter hit are available. Vols defensive backrammed into him when he was in the yard. His right leg got hit and was slammed against the turf. As soon as he fell, trainers surrounded him and he was lifted off the field and taken to the nearest hospital in an ambulance.
It was a tragic accident for Lattimore. South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders said, “I saw the look in his eyes when he was on the ground,” adding, “He was really heartbroken about the injury. We were just trying to keep him strong.”
Let’s hope Marcus Lattimore makes a speedy recovery and returns to the game very soon.