NFL draft prospect Marcus Lattimore suffers serious leg injury

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Marcus Lattimore, a South Carolina running back who is regarded by many observers as a likely first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, suffered an apparently serious leg injury during Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

Lattimore was hit high by one player and low by another on a second-quarter carry, and his leg bent awkwardly, in a manner reminiscent of Joe Theismann’s infamous compound fracture. Lattimore immediately screamed in pain as he went to the ground, and players on both teams looked sickened by what they had seen.

In a sad scene, the entire South Carolina team circled around Lattimore, with his teammates becoming emotional, and Lattimore covered his head with a towel and appeared to be sobbing as he was carted off the field.

Lattimore’s 2011 season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. This injury was to his right leg.

A junior who is eligible for next year’s NFL draft, Lattimore is widely regarded as the top running back prospect in the country.

46 responses to “NFL draft prospect Marcus Lattimore suffers serious leg injury

  1. Still, while his hope of NFL millions might be dashed. The kid is in college! Hopefully it wasn’t just a path to play football!! How many deserving kids can’t get in because sports rule the colleges? I do hope he’s well.

  2. Situations like this sicken me. I don’t understand how it’s morally defensible for the NFL to demand that students stay in school through their junior year when something like this can happen. Lattimore isn’t the best example because he was hurt last year as well, but this kind of thing still shows that these players have a super limited window in which to make their money. The NFL shouldn’t be limiting that window in ways that wouldn’t be legal in other professions.

  3. very ugly break, kid was great to watch on saturdays, and was looking forward to seeing him on sundays next season ,

  4. That’s why college kids should get paid everyone else is making millions off them and they received nothing. I know some will say well he got a free scholarship well he also would have been a first round 20 million guy. Who could have paid for his on college if he wanted to return. Wish him the best

  5. I agree proffrith, after my first semester of law school, in which I won several debates and received top grades, I felt I should have been handed my degree and an offer to a top notch firm. I couldn’t understand why the university wanted me to waste my time finishing my studies. After all, was it not their original intention to have me dip in, do well, and leave as soon as possible?

  6. killacowboy says:Oct 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    He’s done.. It’s sad to say but his football career is over.. Today is the last time you will see Lattimore playing on a football field.

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    People thought the same of Willis McGahee when he suffered a devestating injury prior to the draft. He ended up being a 1st round pick and has rushed for nearly 8,000 yards and 60+ touchdowns in the NFL.

  7. I graduated from SCar last year. Saw lattimore around campus a lot. He was a really cool dude. It made me physically sick when i saw the hit. You can see in the still frames his knee cap is now located on the side of his leg. Really horrific

  8. Uhh..that’s precisely a reason why they do have the age limit. Imagine the things that would happen if a 19 year old kid got hit by Patrick Willis or Justin Tuck. College separates the young men from the boys and the NFL separates the men from the freaks

  9. Horrible. Football aside, this guy’s life just changed for the forseeable future. Something as simple as getting up to go the fridge or the bathroom just became extremely difficult for him. It’s sad when things like this happen, he’s a person, not just a player.

  10. Hard to watch. Lattimore’s leg looked like a wet towel when it whipped across his body as he was going down. I hope he doesn’t give up football, because he is extremely talented. Adrian Peterson had injury issues when he was in college as well. Good luck, Lattimore.

  11. This is such a shame. This guy was supposed to be the next Adrian Peterson, except he could actually catch the football and block. Pretty much a 6ft 230lbs version of Ray Rice.

    I hope he get’s better (especially after that ACL tear) and show’s everyone why he’s the best running back prospect of the last decade.

  12. Gotta feel for him…but if there is anything positive to come from this it is that he is a junior. He can rehab, come back for senior year, graduate, then go to the nfl. Then if the nfl doesnt work out, he will have his degree. Still, I hate to see a top notch guy go down like that.

  13. sloiggles says: Oct 27, 2012 2:14 PM

    Uhh..that’s precisely a reason why they do have the age limit. Imagine the things that would happen if a 19 year old kid got hit by Patrick Willis or Justin Tuck. College separates the young men from the boys and the NFL separates the men from the freaks
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    No. No. And no. If a player is good enough to excel in big time college football at 18, 19, or 20 they’ve proven they should get drafted in the NFL. I’m sick of this paternalistic treatment of legally grown men. If these same young men were to commit a murder most of you guys would be screaming he should know right from wrong and advocate for the most severe penalty. If these young men were to volunteer for the military and get sent to a middle of a war zone no one bats and eye. But oh no don’t let these fragile young men declare for the NFL.

  14. Diving at someone’s legs, knees particularly, should merit a more severe punishment than a potential “flag”, which I don’t even think was thrown there. The result is potentially career ending and life altering. Best wishes to Lattimore.

  15. locutus says:Oct 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    Diving at someone’s legs, knees particularly, should merit a more severe punishment than a potential “flag”, which I don’t even think was thrown there. The result is potentially career ending and life altering. Best wishes to Lattimore.
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    It was tough to watch but it was just a normal football play buddy. It’s part of the game and it sucks but it was not illegal or dirty. It was just unfortunate.

  16. Sorry but I’m glad theres an age limit on playing in the NFL. The only exceptions that should be made are for those who skip grades ad graduate early. The whole limit thing is in regards to two things. One being being physically strong enough to play with the big boys and the other being maturity. 90% of the 19-20 year olds in this country would be detrimental to their own success given the large amounts of money by being paid as a professional football player.

  17. Those of you saying he’s done are morons

    You have no idea if he has a recovery path ahead of him or not

    My stepson tore his acl/mcl and dislocated the tibia in his freshman year in hs – he just finished his Senior year and is probably an all state player with several offers in front of him

  18. Hopefully he can a recovery the likes of Willis McGahee who had similar injury at the University Of Miami and today is still a valuable running back.

    Solid young man, hoping the best for his present and future in football or not

  19. “Broken leg is nothing compared to a torn ACL, he will be fine”

    Wrong, not if it is a compound fracture. Repairing and rehabbing torn ACL’s has become pretty routine stuff.

  20. Lattimore will almost certainly be able to run again, and probably pretty well at some point.

    The problem is one of degrees.

    The difference between having NFL level physical ability and not is **so** slim, an injury like that is a huge, huge problem even if he does come back, say, 99%. It’s no exaggeration to say a quarter-step or less in speed or ability to cut and change directions can mean having an NFL career and not even getting invited to a camp.

    That’s the concern, the big problem.

    You always hear about the McGahee’s and Frank Gore’s of the NFL world who had major-to-catastrophic knee injuries in college who end up having NFL careers. What you don’t hear about are those who have those injuries… and you never hear from them again.

    And with the media cycle the way it is, the immediacy of the internet and everyone has the attention span of a gnat, chances are *very* good well will forget about him pretty quickly and move onto the next Marcus Lattimore in a couple of weeks.

    ‘They’ll never forget you until someone new comes along.’

  21. apmn says:Oct 27, 2012 3:25 PM

    “Broken leg is nothing compared to a torn ACL, he will be fine”

    Wrong, not if it is a compound fracture. Repairing and rehabbing torn ACL’s has become pretty routine stuff.

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    It isnt a broken leg. It is a torn up knee (the like of which I have neer seen in a game.. pretty gross looking!)

    It isnt the new reconstruction of this injury that is the issue. Maybe it can be repaired to near 100%. The issue with this great, young player is the fact that he tore up the other knee last year. Recovering from the 2nd and opposite knee is a long road. He wont be the same runner after this.

    Hopefully he is the exception and can make a come back. This kid could be great in the pros.

  22. rjov says:
    Oct 27, 2012 3:06 PM
    Broken leg is nothing compared to a torn ACL, he will be fine

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    Joe Theisman would respectfully disagree given ta compound fracture to his leg ended his career.

  23. That injury looked horrific and actually made me feel a bit sick. I hope he recovers and plays in the NFL a few years from now but man now both his legs are messed up and that’s a really difficult thing to come back from but he’s real young and a physical specimen so if any human can do it it will be him. I’m a betting man and I would put my money on him being a 5th round or better pick in 2014. Good luck kid.

  24. No. No. And no. If a player is good enough to excel in big time college football at 18, 19, or 20 they’ve proven they should get drafted in the NFL. I’m sick of this paternalistic treatment of legally grown men. If these same young men were to commit a murder most of you guys would be screaming he should know right from wrong and advocate for the most severe penalty. If these young men were to volunteer for the military and get sent to a middle of a war zone no one bats and eye. But oh no don’t let these fragile young men declare for the NFL

    This is the most dumbest thing I’ve ever read. First of all comparing the NFL to prison and the military doesn’t make any sense what so ever. The NFL is in a completely different level than college football. The size , strength , and speed is unmatched. For most college football players their bodies continue to develop onto their junior senior years. So yea it really makes sense to put a 19 year old in the NFL. You’re just asking for a death wish.

  25. its times like this when the kid needs to hear some support. not all this damn ur career is over. Nobody but him can say if his career in football is over with. If the kid is determined enough he can get back in them pads! Its a different knee but what’s the difference if u can still succeed in something with one repaired knee why can’t ya with 2? Work hard, stay strong, and don’t hang em up till u know it’s time! Don’t let others decide for ya kid

  26. My father suffered a similar injury as a line man for Iowa many many years ago. Clipped in practice. He’s now had both knees completely redone and many more surgeries on top… It’s terribly sad to see it happen to a young man with so much potential. Gotta wish him the best.

  27. that’s too bad. from the look of it it’s a career ender. hopefully he proves me wrong but even if he does he’ll never be the same player

  28. After seeing the overwhelming response from teammates, opponents, friends and family….I have ZERO doubts about his rehabilitation. He has a real support system and from all reports is an awesome person. He WILL be back….look for him on an NFL playing field dazzling ALL with his recovery in the Fall of 14!

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