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Lattimore injury: season-ending knee dislocation at minimum

Marcus Lattimore AP

We already knew that, based on the replay video nauseatingly shown myriad times on every sports highlight show the past 24 hours, the official news on the severity of Marcus Lattimore‘s injury would be bad.  Just how bad it will ultimately be for the running back, though, remains unclear.

In his weekly Sunday teleconference, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that Lattimore suffered a dislocated knee cap in the win over Tennessee Saturday.  That was the extent to which Spurrier was willing to delve into the specifics of Lattimore’s injuries as he deferred to team doctors and medical staff for any further details, specifically as it relates to rumors surrounding significant, Willis McGahee-like ligament damage.

“No, I didn’t get that kind of report,” Spurrier said, when asked if the injury was similar to the one suffered in the 2002 BcS title game by McGahee, who tore three of the four major ligaments in his knee during Miami’s loss to Ohio State.

While the coach stated that “[w]e all hope and pray he’ll be back,” and that the team doctor said there’s a chance he could return to the playing field in 2013, “there could be a chance it could be two years down the road” for a return.  Such a timeline would mean that Lattimore might not play, at whatever level, until 2014.

Spurrier added that he and Lattimore have not discussed whether a return would be at the collegiate or NFL level.

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11 Responses to “Lattimore injury: season-ending knee dislocation at minimum”
  1. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 28, 2012 3:23 PM

    Thanx for update. Get better young man I’m hoping to see you in the NFL.

  2. planck16 says: Oct 28, 2012 3:32 PM

    David Pollack tweeted that Marcus suffered a broken femur, 4 torn ligaments, and a dislocated knee.

  3. jmb795 says: Oct 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    Get well, young man and may your recovery be speedy and complete.

  4. raiderufan says: Oct 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that was only a dislocation…for his sake I hope it was but I have a feeling it’s worse than that.

    Terrible thing to see happen. I hope for the best for him and his family now and into the future. Hopefully he takes advantage of the education available to him and his future stays just as bright.

  5. cometkazie says: Oct 28, 2012 4:08 PM

    All the best to a fine young man for a speedy and complete recovery.

  6. exibitsman says: Oct 28, 2012 4:11 PM

    Let’s just wish him and his family the best.

  7. sabatimus says: Oct 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    I dislocated my kneecap once…this looked MUCH worse than a dislocated kneecap. By the way, a dislocated kneecap is different from a dislocated knee.

    There’s more to this than is being reported.

  8. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2012 5:04 PM

    Much as I love the Gamecocks, make the return at the NFL level–don’t take any more risk with future earning potential.

  9. knowsalittleaboutfoorball says: Oct 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    I just hope he is taking his education seriously B/C it does not seem likely he will ever play again. Too bad B/C he would have been a great pro.

  10. bamagranny says: Oct 28, 2012 8:27 PM


    Kim Brooks Adcock and RTR Sent from my iPhone

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:54 AM

    Praying for ya Marcus!!

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