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49ers Set Timetable for Marcus Lattimore's Return

Posted Oct 9, 2014

During his Thursday press conference, Jim Harbaugh laid out a tentative schedule for the running back to join the 53-man roster.

The long-awaited comeback of Marcus Lattimore appears to be within sight.

During his press conference on Thursday, Jim Harbaugh laid out a tentative schedule for the second-year running back to gradually work his way onto the 53-man roster.

Lattimore, who hasn’t played since suffering a severe right knee injury in October 2012 while at South Carolina, is currently on the Active/Non-Football Injury List. He is eligible to return following the San Francisco 49ers Week 6 matchup with the St. Louis Rams, but the team is planning to wait until after its Week 8 bye for Lattimore to practice.

Under that scenario, the 49ers would have an uninterrupted 21-day period for Lattimore to get up to speed. After that, the team would then need to either promote Lattimore to the 53-man roster, release him or place him on the Injured Reserve List.

“That’s the direction we’d like to go because I think it’s the best for Marcus,” Harbaugh said. “He hasn’t played football in a year and a half and we can simulate a good, three-week training camp period and then activate after that and turn him loose.”

The 49ers selected Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He practiced with the team during the offseason, but he did not participate in training camp.

“We want to give him the best possible scenario to help the football team and for him to be at his best,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the hope. That’s the plan.”

If Lattimore does begin practicing once the 49ers return from their bye week, his 21-day window would expire the week of San Francisco’s home contest against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 23.

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