Report: Lattimore ponders retirement before first snap

nfl-lattimoreAlmost two years to the day from suffering a horrific knee injury, former South Carolina standout running back Marcus Lattimore’s professional career may be over before it began.

The San Francisco 49ers running back has never played an NFL game and is considering retirement, according to an ESPN report.

Lattimore’s agent, Michael Perrett, denied ESPN’s earlier report Monday that the running back had already made up his mind to retire because of knee issues, and said all options are still on the table.

According to the report, Perrett said Lattimore would meet with the team Monday to discuss his future, which could include options such as retirement or continuing to try and play. Lattimore, 23, was not with the team during Sunday’s home game against the St. Louis Rams.

“Did not see Marcus,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said in the post-game press conference in response to Lattimore’s absence. “I’m sure we’ll have an announcement about that.”

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Lattimore, a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers, spent the entire 2013 season on the non-football injury list and remains on that list this season. He finally began practicing last week and was hoping that he would be able to play later this season.

During his time at South Carolina, he back suffered serious knee injuries in 2011 at Mississippi State when he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee) and in 2012 when he tore every ligament in his right knee and dislocated the kneecap in a game against Tennessee.

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