Whether Marcus Lattimore can return from a devastating knee injury, one that involved a dislocated right knee and severe damage to several ligaments in the joint, remains clouded in uncertainty despite optimism on all fronts.
If the running back does indeed return to the playing field, though, the comeback could very well commence in Columbia.
At a rally for what was officially designated “Marcus Lattimore Day” in the state of South Carolina, Steve Spurrier proclaimed that the back, in a text message, said he wasn’t done playing for the Gamecocks.
“The message he gave me was, `I’ll be back,'” Spurrier said. “So he’s coming back.”
The Ol’ Ball Coach punctuated that message with a “can’t wait until that [number] 21 is playing out there at Williams-Brice real soon.”
Unfortunately, real soon doesn’t seem likely. While USC’s team doctor confirmed there’s a chance Lattimore could return in 2013, there’s also the very real possibility he won’t return until 2014. Optimism aside, there also exists the possibility that, given the extent of the damage, the resumption of a football career may not be physically possible.
Another possibility? During the course of what’s expected to an extensive and grueling rehabilitation process, Lattimore could decide to make his return at the NFL level.
Still, the fact that the current chatter in the immediacy of such a horrific injury is a return to the playing field — and the fact that Lattimore has already returned from a torn ACL in his left knee — bodes well for a player who, by all accounts, is the type of class individual who deserves something positive to come out of such an unimaginable development.
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.