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49ers RB Marcus Lattimore Makes Practice Debut

Posted Nov 21, 2013

The rookie running back, eligible to participate in team drills for the first time on Thursday, has worked his way back from a long rehab.

Marcus Lattimore was prepared to move on from football and toward his public health degree at South Carolina.

Lattimore remains seven classes short of graduating – but he now has one NFL practice under his belt.

“I never thought I’d get to this day,” Lattimore, who will wrap up his degree by taking his outstanding classes online, told reporters before his debut on Thursday afternoon. “All the hard work is paying off.”

The 49ers drafted the running back Lattimore with the final selection in the fourth round last April and placed him on the Non-Football Injury list prior to the start of the regular season. He suffered multiple injuries in college, most notably when he tore three ligaments in his right knee on Oct. 27.

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Jim Harbaugh has said the team doesn’t plan to employ Lattimore in a game this season. By league rule, Lattimore would have been moved to the Injured Reserve list had San Francisco’s brass elected to not give him reps on the practice field. Lattimore’s three-week window to work out with his teammates is now open.

During the opening period of Thursday’s session, he was session carrying and catching the football while taking handoffs and heeding the instruction of positional coach Tom Rathman. Previously, he had been rehabbing on a side field under the supervision of training staff.

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