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Lattimore expected to start season on non-football injury list

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06:42 PM ET 05.06 | When the San Francisco 49ers selected Marcus Lattimore in the NFL Draft a week ago, it sort of surprised people in a way that wasn't really surprising. It was a bit shocking that the Niners took a running back as high as they did, given they have Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and LaMicheal James on roster. But with Gore aging and James not really being a featured back type of player, the Niners ended up making a surprising move look absolutely brilliant. It was understood when he was drafted that Lattimore would still need more time to heal, which is why being selected by the Niners was so brilliant. With Gore and James playing, Lattimore could realistically sit out the entire 2013 season in order to heal up as much as he needs to. While that's not something that has been confirmed, the former South Carolina running back is expected to start the season on the non-football injury list, per CSN Bay Area's early projections of the 49ers' opening day roster.

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May 7, 2013  07:24 AM ET

Brilliant! Sign someone who won't play. Almost Jets'esque.

May 7, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Brilliant! Sign someone who won't play. Almost Jets'esque.

Only a team with the luxury of having few, if any, glaring needs could have made this pick. It was a perfectly calculated gamble on a player with a big upside.....kind of like what was done with Willis McGahee coming out of college. That worked out OK.

The difference is the 49'ers don't need to flush their entire roster like the J-E-T-S do.

May 7, 2013  10:28 AM ET

With the number of picks the Niners had they could afford to waste a draft pick. If Lattimore is able to come all the way back the upside is strong. There's really no loss in this situation because their roster is so solid.

May 7, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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Only a team with the luxury of having few, if any, glaring needs could have made this pick. It was a perfectly calculated gamble on a player with a big upside.....kind of like what was done with Willis McGahee coming out of college. That worked out OK.The difference is the 49'ers don't need to flush their entire roster like the J-E-T-S do.

Cause it worked so well for the 76'ers and bynum

May 7, 2013  07:22 PM ET

I completely disagree with James not being able to be a featured back. Lattimore will get a chance next year with Hunter being the odd man out...

 
May 7, 2013  09:42 PM ET

Well, at least his corn rows are coming in nicely, that's something...

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