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Marcus Lattimore says he'll be healthy to start week one

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05:55 PM ET 03.27 | One of the most interesting cases entering the draft this year is that of Marcus Lattimore. The South Carolina running back was making tidal waves with the Gamecocks, but his draft stock crash when he tore up his ACL in a game in October. Since then, Lattimore has already begun to be labeled a "what-if" story, as many believe he would have not only been the first running back off the board in April's draft, but he likely would have been a top-15 lock. But the setback hasn't stopped Lattimore from striving to get better, and after having his recovery deemed "superhuman" by knee specialist Dr. James Andrews, Lattimore says he has "no doubt" in his mind that he'll be healthy enough to play during the first half of his rookie season in the NFL.

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March 28, 2013  12:14 AM ET

The science on knee repairs is pretty much perfect at this point. No sense calling the recoveries "superhuman" anymore when it's become the new standard.

March 28, 2013  04:07 AM ET

I hope this guy can stay on the field because he's a lot of fun to watch when he's healthy. Really good player.

March 28, 2013  06:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I hope this guy can stay on the field because he's a lot of fun to watch when he's healthy. Really good player.

That's the big question with him though after two season ending injuries. Someone will draft him. It's just a question of when.

March 28, 2013  08:14 AM ET

He should take his time recovering, If Healthy, he has a lot of years ahead of him.

March 28, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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He should take his time recovering, If Healthy, he has a lot of years ahead of him.

Exactly. What's the rush to get back? Rookies contract suck now so it really doesn't matter if you play this year or next.

March 28, 2013  10:15 AM ET

SC's finest! He'll be a very good player in the league..watch

March 28, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The science on knee repairs is pretty much perfect at this point. No sense calling the recoveries "superhuman" anymore when it's become the new standard.

Half of what is "superhuman" is their access to the best doctors and the best recovery resources. And that is because of money.

That makes it impossible for me to recover in the way that these atheletes do.

March 28, 2013  11:55 AM ET

Patients should not make their own diagnosis, neither should an uncaring agent. First of all there will probably not be a RB taken in the 1st round and probably not till the middle of the 2nd round. Lattimore should not expect to be drafted till the middle or late 4th round or who knows even later than that, not all teams have tons of draft choices to gamble on a rehabbing RB that will most likely sit the 2013 season.

To say that Lattimore would have been a top 15 pick if he had not been injured is a bit of a reach. Lets see Darren McFadden was a top 10 pick, he has yet to complete a healthy NFL season. RB's are not valued like they used to be when the running game was the foundation of many offenses.

WR Keenan Allen had a knee injury that didn't even require surgery and yet we have seen his stock tumble from a top 15 draft choice to somewhere between 16 and 32.

March 29, 2013  08:20 AM ET
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Half of what is "superhuman" is their access to the best doctors and the best recovery resources. And that is because of money.That makes it impossible for me to recover in the way that these atheletes do.

Before the fallout with his financiers, part of his demands in his contract with HealthSouth was that any student-athlete, at any level, from any part of Alabama could come and see him and get the same level of treatment that he gives the pros.

I'm not sure if he has continued this practice now that he's basically out on his own, but he's done a lot of procedures on a lot of people that ended up being essentially free.

 
March 29, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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Patients should not make their own diagnosis, neither should an uncaring agent. First of all there will probably not be a RB taken in the 1st round and probably not till the middle of the 2nd round. Lattimore should not expect to be drafted till the middle or late 4th round or who knows even later than that, not all teams have tons of draft choices to gamble on a rehabbing RB that will most likely sit the 2013 season. To say that Lattimore would have been a top 15 pick if he had not been injured is a bit of a reach. Lets see Darren McFadden was a top 10 pick, he has yet to complete a healthy NFL season. RB's are not valued like they used to be when the running game was the foundation of many offenses. WR Keenan Allen had a knee injury that didn't even require surgery and yet we have seen his stock tumble from a top 15 draft choice to somewhere between 16 and 32.

Andrews got his start as as "second opinion" guy. He was one of the original doctors who were willing to go against the team physician if their diagnosis wasn't in the athletes best interest.

I'm not sure if the money's changed him, but he's been involved in sports medicine... hell he basically created sports medicine... for over 40 years.

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