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Gamecocks issue statement updating Lattimore injury

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Earlier Sunday, Steve Spurrier, during his weekly teleconference, acknowledged that running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a dislocated knee in South Carolina’s win over Tennessee Saturday.

The head coach, though, deferred to the team’s medical staff for further explanation as to the extent of the junior’s injuries.  Through the school, team  physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy updated to some degree Lattimore’s situation, with some good news sprinkled in with the bad.

In the release, Guy confirmed that a “hyperextension of the knee resulted in injury to several ligaments.”  What ligaments were involved and the extent of the injuries to the ligaments — full or partial tears — were not disclosed.

That’s the bad.  The good?  The release went on to state that “[t]here were no fractures or additional injuries.”  Lattimore remains hospitalized, and will undergo in the near future the first of what’s expected to be multiple rounds of surgical procedures to repair the significant damage the back’s right knee sustained.

“Lattimore is resting comfortably and will continue to be evaluated over the course of the week,” the release read. “Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football.”

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31 Responses to “Gamecocks issue statement updating Lattimore injury”
  1. inhokewetrust says: Oct 28, 2012 6:40 PM

    Return to football….my prayers go to him and the family that was expecting millions…but he needs to talk to Robert Edwards about his return to football

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    If this kid says he’s coming back I believe it!

    Good luck Marcus, we were all overwhelmed by the show of support and respect by Tennessee’s team last night.

  3. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2012 7:34 PM

    I would never discourage Marcus from this dream or his aspirations. This injury looked to be horrendus, one of the worst I have seen. With his determination and work ethic, he could make it back. Whether that is wisdom, I am not to say, but I do wish this honorable young man the very best in whatever he choses to do.

  4. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 28, 2012 7:34 PM

    Good luck young man I believe in you. Work hard don’t let yourself get down keep a positive attitude going forward. Even if footballs not in your future you still have your whole life ahead of you to do positive things. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to you!

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 28, 2012 8:01 PM

    Shaddup Patriot you dooshebag! Why dont you start your own philosophy blog. “Whether that is wisdom, I am not to say…” Clown!

  6. blitz4848 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:13 PM

    Keep up the positive attitude and things will work out for the best.

    Now lots of rehab and plenty of time to work on that degree as a fallback option.

    Most true fans only could watch that play once and then turned away on the replays because we all knew it was a really bad one…….Godspeed

  7. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:26 PM

    So glad this now does not sound as bad as Napoleon McCallum’s injury that ended his career, and almost cost him his leg. Multiple surgeries and rehab will of course be no fun, but hopefully it leads to full recovery so that continuing his football career or not becomes his own choice to make.

  8. rmosss says: Oct 28, 2012 8:33 PM

    It looked so similar to what happened to Willis McGahee in the Ohio State game years ago. I hope he recovers quickly and my prayers are going out for him! Get well soon Marcus!!!

  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 28, 2012 9:22 PM

    OMG, this is hilarious. I think somebody needs to look at the number of accounts southernpatriot has.

    Quite a disparity in the number of votes. LMAO

  10. seanb20124 says: Oct 28, 2012 9:31 PM

    Get your degree, and get as far away from football as you can

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 28, 2012 9:45 PM


    JT& Ben know SP, have for years. One account, many friends and supporters here on CFT. We support what the doc said, not you, you idiot.

    Larrimore’s parents, himself, and his docs will help him make the decision to play again…not you, POS.

    Like seanb2024, I think Lattimore should get his degree, and do something else.

  12. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 28, 2012 10:05 PM

    Hey gator dumbass!

    I was at the game last night, and it WAS overwhelming.

    And maybe you werent aware of this, but Lattimore’s birthday is tomorrow, and they are having a birthday party for him at the hospital. Now neg away jaggoff, you and all your different accounts. I could care less, but it is quite amusing these imbalances in this stupid voting. Now go play house or something snapper, nobody cares what you have to say anyhow. LOL

  13. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2012 10:47 PM

    Quite unfortunate that some cannot refrain from personal insults in the comments section when this should be about wishing a good going through a tough time well.

  14. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2012 11:13 PM

    …good man going through a tough time…

    I should learn to type better.

  15. j0ey15 says: Oct 28, 2012 11:55 PM

    I feel for this dude I hope he has a nice recovery and keeps working hard and comes back even better he’s a great player and I’m sure I speak for most football fans when I say we can’t wait for him to get back on the field soon

  16. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 29, 2012 12:11 AM

    You white folks are crazy!

    “I like him” says one…
    “I love him” says another…
    “Well – I was there and tomorrow’s his birthday!” says the other…
    If Mitt Romney had a black son, I’m sure he would look like Marcus.

    (For those that don’t get it…the above is intended to shine the “I’m a dipshit” light on those that need the aforementioned shining upon…)

    @ Raysfan

    Sure enough – by all accounts, Marcus is a wonderful young man, with a future equally bright in and outside of football. Heartfelt prayers and well wishes for his speedy recovery and fulfillment of his huge potential in life!

  17. bbeaman78 says: Oct 29, 2012 2:07 AM

    Great news after the terrible rumors of a broken femur. Prayers go out to him and his family for a swift rehab and recovery. I hope see him on the field next season!

  18. pricecube says: Oct 29, 2012 3:56 AM

    Disgusted by so many of these comments.


    Sopats is too gracious to ever respond in kind so let me. You are an a$$hole and a blight on the Vol fanbase.

  19. tigersgeaux says: Oct 29, 2012 4:38 AM


    I saw Lattimore when he recently came to Baton Rouge. A classy man and a great player. So sorry to hear of this injury, after he did not play for much of last season.

    You said it much better than I ever could. Maybe I can just say, “mega dittos!”

  20. haterhurter937 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:32 AM

    If Mcgahee can come back then anything is possible.

  21. falstaffsmind says: Oct 29, 2012 9:23 AM

    Hoping for the best. Watching McGahee very effectively run the ball for the Broncos last night must be a bit encouraging.

  22. florida727 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:29 AM

    @hound, what’s pretty apparent on CFT from the standpoint of ‘number of accounts’ is that you have one too many.

    “…and to his eventual return to football.” For those of us who’ve enjoyed this young man’s incredible skills, I can only hope this is true (jokingly I’ll say at the NFL level… so he quits terrorizing my Gators every time he touches the ball). If Willis McGahee can come back and perform at the level he is, who’s to say Marcus Lattimore can’t? Lot of similarities between the two in terms of not only their skills, but the reputation for class they both have, plus their respective work ethics. Their injuries may prove to be similar too. McGahee tore everything in his knee, both ligaments, meniscus, etc. He had ‘total’ reconstructive surgery if I remember right.

    JT, Ben, and others reporting on CFT, I hope you’ll keep an eye on his progress and report it when able.

  23. foreverlsu says: Oct 29, 2012 10:05 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says:Oct 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    If this kid says he’s coming back I believe it!

    Good luck Marcus, we were all overwhelmed by the show of support and respect by Tennessee’s team last night.

    Really? …and how else should the Tennessee team act?

  24. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 29, 2012 10:31 AM

    @ foreverlsu

    You monkeys misread what I said “overwhelmed by the show of support AND the respect of the Tennessee”

    If you werent there then you dont know what I’m talking about. Secondly, I’ve never seen an entire team come out onto the field to send their best wishes to an injured player from the other side. There were tears everywhere in the stands and on the field, but you monkeys have to reduce a simple comment of support down to an idiotic “thumbs down.” Very mature.

    And for the record, I have one account but I was put off by patriot’s self-determination of wheher Lattimore should attempt a comeback or not.

    “Whether that is wisdom, I am not to say…” What a bunch of pontificating bullshit! If Lattimore decides to come back, thats his decision. Got it!

  25. parkcityute says: Oct 29, 2012 10:35 AM

    It was so good to see McGahee last evening. It was beautiful to watch. McGahee worked real hard day in and day out at rehab. If Lattimore does the same, he should be back even sooner.

    baskervols: What is all this hate for southernpatriots? You have a problem.

  26. usa98j30t4 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:37 AM

    Thank god he will have a degree to fall back on.

  27. foreverlsu says: Oct 29, 2012 11:14 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says:Oct 29, 2012 10:31 AM

    @ foreverlsu

    You monkeys misread what I said “overwhelmed by the show of support AND the respect of the Tennessee”

    Having a bad day, are we?

    Lighten up, vol. You’re the one calling everyone out, including the most respected poster on this board. Then you want the focus of the story to shift to how the Tennessee players and fans reacted. Don’t act like this is the first time an opposing team has come out on to a field to say a prayer for an injured player.

  28. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 29, 2012 11:18 AM

    Yeah, we all know how much class LSU fans have!

    BTW, when did this become the LSU chat board? Sure are lots of you guys around here! haha

    I’ll say it again, good luck Marcus, we were all overwhelmed by the show of support and respect by the Tennessee team Saturday night.

    There you go foreverinbredlsu, hit that with another 40-50 of your thumbs down thingys. LMAO

  29. tigersgeaux says: Oct 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    A fellow worker here passed along this info, while we are turning out gas for America’s cars and economy:

    Les Miles tweeted:
    So sad to see the injury to Marcus Lattimore. Strong kid! We wish him well in recovery.

    Robert Griffin III:
    We are warriors on the field, but are human as well. I pray everyone sends prayers forth for Marcus Lattimore & others that are injured

    Manti Te’o@MTeo_5
    Everyone please keep Marcus Lattimore in your prayers! Hate hearing that happen to anybody. Keep your head up big man!

    Matt Brooks, news/sports reporter:

    ”Lattimore sustained a dislocated right knee and ligament damage as a result of the hyperextension, South Carolina team doctor Jeffery Guy said Sunday in a statement. Miraculously, he suffered no fractures or broken bones, but the injury is season-ending, and South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said the recovery process could require more than one offseason…

    Lattimore, 21, burst onto the national stage with his 1,197-yard, 17-touchdown freshman campaign. But after a strong start to the 2011 season, he tore a ligament in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the remainder of the season.

    Despite his struggles in South Carolina’s losses at LSU and Florida, Lattimore has 662 yards and 11 touchdowns on 143 carries this season. Lattimore, who is projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick, could use his medical red-shirt to sit out next season and return to the field for the Gamecocks in 2014. He can also look to McGahee for encouragement.

    McGahee elected to enter the draft after seriously damaging his ACL, MCL and PCL in the national title game and saw his draft stock drop from a likely top-five pick to No. 23 overall, where Buffalo selected him. He missed the entire 2003 season while continuing his recovery but then produced consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his professional career…”

  30. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 29, 2012 5:44 PM

    hahahaha Look at all this fake voting. You LSU clowns are hilarious.

    I just checked back in to repeat what Scott Van Pelt said today on his show…”In the end what we will remember is the outpouring of love, respect, and support by both sides… to Marcus….”

    Dial 1-800-STICKIT to complain to ESPN about what Van Pelt said and demand he is fired. Thumbs down this post if you agree! Idiots. LMAO

  31. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 29, 2012 7:47 PM

    Shhh, just shhh! Just shut up already! You got us!! Now just shut up and go away.

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