The waiting game shall continue…
On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers officially announced that second year running back Marcus Lattimore has been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List. Others added to the list are wide receiver Bruce Ellington, center Marcus Martin, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and offensive guard Brandon Thomas. Additionally, linebacker Aaron Lynch and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey have been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.
The Niners official website stated that, "players placed on either list count against the 90-man roster limit and can be activated at any time prior to the final cuts of training camp."
But the biggest name here is Marcus Lattimore. Anticipation to witness what the young running back can do has been building in the Bay Area ever since San Francisco drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. It has been widely documented that the South Carolina product was basically "red-shirted" during his rookie campaign while he recovers from his most recent, devastating knee injury he suffered in college.
The exact specifics behind the reasoning of Lattimore being listed were not mentioned, however, its easy to assume that the 49ers coaching and training staff simply believe he isn't 100% ready.
NFL.com reporter Marc Sessler reported back in February that Lattimore had said he was "feeling close to 100 percent." The former Gamecock had also told the Associated Press that, "The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened…The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I've got my speed and I rarely get any soreness."
As additional time has passed, the Niners still aren't taking any chances.With training camp just around the corner for the majority of the team (rookies and first-year players reported Wednesday), rookie running back and second round pick Carlos Hyde appears to have the inside track at cutting into backup running back Kendall Hunter's carries…and possibly even Frank Gore's.
The drafting of Hyde in this years draft was interesting as the Niners appeared quite strong at the running back position heading into the draft. But with San Francisco being as cautious as possible with Lattimore, it could have suggested that the 49ers staff were not encouraged by his progress despite what the 22-year old back had to say about himself.
Regardless of it all…we sit and we wait.
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