For the second consecutive season, San Francisco 49ers running back and former South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore will start the NFL season on the non-football injury list, keeping him out at least the team’s first six games.

Lattimore, a fourth-round selection in 2013, is still recovering from a devastating knee injury suffered against Tennessee in October 2012 that prematurely ended his junior campaign with the Gamecocks. He practiced with the 49ers during spring workouts but hasn’t during fall camp, still nursing his surgically-repaired right knee.

“He’s doing well. There’s been gains, but that’s where we’re at,” San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Aug. 15 according to the Sacramento Bee. “Not quite there yet.”

Lattimore, who rushed for 2,677 yards on 555 carries and scored 38 touchdowns on the ground during his three-year career at South Carolina, was the SEC’s Freshman of the Year in 2010.

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