Marcus Lattimore placed on non-football injury list

AP

49ers second-year tailback Marcus Lattimore was among six players placed on the club’s non-football injury list on Thursday, according to the NFL’s official transactions.

Lattimore missed the 2013 season after suffering multiple torn knee ligaments in October 2012, including his ACL. He participated in workouts this spring for San Francisco.

In addition to Lattimore, the club put five rookies on the NFI list: wide receiver Bruce Ellington, center Marcus Martin, fullback Trey Millard, defensive back Keith Reaser and offensive guard Brandon Thomas. Reaser and Millard suffered ACL tears in October, while Thomas sustained a torn ACL in a predraft workout this spring.

The 49ers also placed rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch and rookie defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey on the active/physically unable to perform list.

All seven players count against the 49ers’ 90-player roster limit.

The 49ers’ rookies reported to camp on Wednesday. Veterans report on July 23.

34 responses to “Marcus Lattimore placed on non-football injury list

  1. Had to know something was up when they drafted CHyde. Too bad if this is another big setback. Before his college injuries he was impressive.

  2. How is he a great big bust? He was taken on a chance that IF he could return to form, he would be the steal of the draft. You are acying like he was a top pick and not a late 4th rd guy. This also does not mean that he is done just yet.

  3. Loved watching him at South Carolina with Connor Shaw, Ace Sanders, etc. but that last knee injury looked pretty brutal. When they drafted Hyde in the 2nd I had a feeling Lattimore wasn’t back to what he was at SC.

  4. Lattimore should forget about pro football and move on with his life. He had a good college career. Some guys just can’t make it at the next level. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He’ll eventually be alright in life. Why are 49er fans so silent on this?

  5. I’m not ready to call him a bust yet…he still is in the first year of his contract based on last year. I would think the 49ers would keep him at least one more full year and see what happens. Gore and Hearst both got hurt and the team stood by them and they came back and played. William Floyd another example. Give Marcus another year…he is not the only rookie on PUP/NFI.

  6. Loved watching him at South Carolina with Connor Shaw, Ace Sanders, etc. but that last knee injury looked pretty brutal. When they drafted Hyde in the 2nd I had a feeling Lattimore wasn’t back to what he was at SC.

  7. It’s hard not to root for this kid. Hope it’s minor. In any case, no need to rush him back since the Niners probably have the deepest RB group in the NFL even without him.

  8. If you guys remember the team spent a first round draft pick on AJ Jenkins the year before and he’s not even on the team anymore. I no they traded him to the chiefs but they got nothing out of him. Maybe the 49ers coach is pulling the strings that’s why he and the GM are butting heads

  9. Gore can still do everything well: run, great blocker in run and pass protection, and can catch.
    Throw in Hyde, and an occasional carry from Hunter.
    Where was Lattimore going to fit?
    If he ever gets healthy enough, he’ll start off returning kicks and work his way up that way. Takes more than a year to get back from the trauma his knees have been through, if it even happens at all.

  10. They got Jonathan Baldwin for Jenkins. Baldwin was drafted higher, the previous year, and is the same age as Jenkins. Remains to be seen how that turns out, Baldwin has the measurables of Josh Gordon, Andre Johnson, and Demaryius Thomas.

  11. He’s still on the roster and can practice when the Niners deem him ready. The Ravens placed Jacoby Jones on the NFI after Dancing With The Stars because he didn’t pass the conditioning test. A few days later, he passed another conditioning test and all was well.

  12. Can we just stop with the “bust” talk? He was a 4th round compensatory (NON-TRADABLE) pick by a good team with few needs. They took a flyer on a guy with a bad injury at a position they were already deep at.

    Besides, it’s still too soon to tell what Lattimore will or won’t be (they waited longer for Garrison Hearst, for example). For all any of us know, they might be just simply being cautious because they can afford to be.

  13. If Marcus Lattimore’s physical rehab was not going well, those of us in the Carolinas would know about it … Trust me. (There’s nothing we love more than football and gossip about our own.)

  14. Willis McGahee had the same injury and had a pretty solid career but it took him a full two years to get going.

  15. relax, this is a procedural move. If he doesn’t start training camp on the NFI list, then they can’t move him to that if the knee is a problem. It is a matter of not giving up that option. NFI refers to anything that occurred prior to them joining the team, even if it was a football injury that happened in college or a workout, etc.

    I expect this is just a precaution and he will be activated once they know in TC that he is good to go.

  16. Years ago the 49 ers showed tremendous patience with an injured lineman from Hawaii. Turned out Jesse Sapolu became a key cog on the championship teams. Worth a wait.

  17. Some of you don’t understand what lands you on an NFI list.

    One thing that does is injuries prior to joining the new team: like Brandon Thomas’s ACL tear during private workouts. Clearly, he was doing football related things, but it wasn’t caused while part of the 49ers roster.

    It’s a legal thing more than anything. The real issue is whether or not this NFI is related to his injury at South Carolina or not. This could indicate a setback.

  18. I haven’t seen a knee injury that bad since I was eight years old, when my dog and I were having a tug-o-war with my G.I. Joe. And if Joe were here today to see that Lattimore tape, he’d say, “Damn, you got a bad knee injury, man.”

  19. Could be a precaution, could be trouble. No matter what the kid was fun to watch in college. Hopefully he will be at least 85% the player he was before (gruesome injury aside), the NFL needs excitement like him. Good luck kid.
    Go Hawks

  20. Anyone notice that the NFI list is predominantly rookies? I think there is gamesmanship involved here. Stash some guys on the NFI, give some more undrafted guys a week of training camp to evaluate as many players as possible, then keep the cream of the crop for the 90 and activate these guys. Just a hunch here.

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