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Lattimore undergoes successful surgery, will not be at game vs Hogs

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A horrific knee injury suffered against Tennessee last month has ended Marcus Lattimore‘s season, and perhaps career, at South Carolina — although Steve Spurrier said at a rally for the running back that Lattimore’s intention was to return to the Gamecocks. Whether Lattimore returns to Columbia or makes a jump to the NFL isn’t known right now, nor exactly when it is that he’ll return. USC’s team doctor confirmed there’s a chance Lattimore could return by 2013, but a very real possibility exists that he won’t see the field until 2014.

All the aforementioned details will work themselves out in due time. Lattimore’s road to recovery began last Friday when he underwent successful surgery in Birmingham to have several ligaments in his right knee surgically repaired, per a school release.

“Lattimore’s surgery was a collaborative effort between USC team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy, Dr. Lyle Cain, and USC team consultant Dr. James Andrews,” the release states, which you can read HERE.  “He returned to Columbia over the weekend and was released from a local hospital on Monday. Lattimore is in good spirits and has already begun the rehabilitation process. At this time, there are no plans for further surgery, according to Dr. Guy.”

Additionally…

“The ramp signage at Williams-Brice Stadium recognizing Lattimore’s school record 38 rushing touchdowns will be unveiled during Saturday’s game against Arkansas. However, Marcus, Dr. Guy and head football athletic trainer Clint Haggard have agreed it is not in Marcus’s best interest to attend the game. The Gamecocks will host the Razorbacks in a noon contest on November 10.”

It’s too bad Lattimore won’t be able to attend the event/game, but at least there’s no mistaking how the Gamecock faithful feel about their star running back. The junior’s  2,677 yards are good for sixth in school history. He was the team’s leading rusher this season with 662 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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10 Responses to “Lattimore undergoes successful surgery, will not be at game vs Hogs”
  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2012 2:29 PM

    Good news for Marcus! This was the first step toward recovery, but an important step. Now the real challenging road ahead is rehabilitation of the knee ligaments and leg, learning to walk again, and then eventually gaining strength and speed again. We know the huge number of fans of Lattimore in South Carolina, around the SEC and around the country wish him well on his rehab and to fulfill his desire to be back playing again for the Gamecocks, whether that is possible in 2013 or 2014.

    Best to you Marcus and our prayers from this LSU family and so many other LSU fans we know.

  2. nicksabansanahole says: Nov 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    God speed your recovery Lattimore. I hope that you return to the field in whatever league you decide to. As a Clemson fan I would stand and cheer for you if you returned to SCAR and took the field against my Tigers. I know the quality people you and your family are and wish nothing but success for your future. Good Luck man.

  3. ldfontenot says: Nov 8, 2012 2:47 PM

    Another LSU fan here to send all my best wishes for a fast recovery to Marcus Lattimore. One of our very best player’s knee – another Carolina great, Sam Montgomery — was torn up in a Tennessee game two years ago and it was an awful injury. He returned to play at 100%, and we have no doubt Lattimore will do the same……great player, great person.

  4. woebegong says: Nov 8, 2012 2:47 PM

    Recover, and then try to move on to a professional career. I imagine his potential value has shrunk quite a bit as far as the draft goes, but certainly, if he can pass the physicals and test, there will be teams that would be glad to have him. Why take a chance of returning to S.C., getting over used again and ending up with a third serious injury.
    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN.

  5. bleedburgandyandgold says: Nov 8, 2012 2:47 PM

    Good luck with your recovery! I look forward to watching you play again on the future! I’m praying for you and your family!

  6. thraiderskin says: Nov 8, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good luck man… It sucks how this year turned out for you, but you’ll be back.

  7. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2012 3:03 PM

    Hope they don’t put the number of TD’s on that banner as he may up that number eventually!

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:42 PM

    The older crowd here might remember the horrible film from when Joe Theisman broke his leg in a game. Marcus’ film was even worse. Hopefully, football fans will get to watch him play somewhere in the future.

  9. jtm12180 says: Nov 9, 2012 1:02 AM

    As a USC fan, it is just awesome to see fans throughout the country sending prayers and positive remarks to lattimore. He is definitely a special kid. as a 31 year old grown man, I literally had tears rolling down my face when I saw the replay a couple weeks ago when he was laying there. Just not fair for this to happen to such a great kid not once, but TWICE!!

    It’s so nice to see though that other fans realize what a good kid he is and why we in South Carolina all love him to death…

  10. florida727 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:30 PM

    Best part of the article for me was reading that Dr. Andrews was involved. That guy is amazing. You rarely hear about a surgery he’s involved in that doesn’t turn out well for the athlete.

    Get well soon, Marcus. God bless. The Gator Nation is rooting for you.

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