November 9th, 2012 09:19 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas, South Carolina
Tags: ACL, Carolina Arkansas, Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
When an athlete suffers the brutal kind of injury that took down Marcus Lattimore a couple of weeks ago, you look for positives. You’re glad when you get any positive sign.
And the South Carolina athletic department revealed a positive sign yesterday – Lattimore will not require more than one surgery. This backs up what Gamecock coaches said earlier in the week. And, yes, it’s a positive. Lattimore’s leg appeared to have been so mangled that my first concern upon seeing the injury was not ACL or MCL. It was circulation. Lattimore’s leg looked like it been snapped in half at the knee.
We still do not know whether or not the great player will play again, but according to school officials:
1. He had his surgery in Birmingham last week
2. Multiple ligaments were repaired
3. He was returned to and release from a Columbia hospital on Monday
4. He is not expected to need another surgery on the knee
5. He has already begun rehabbing the knee in preparation to play again someday
Those are all good signs. And we continue to wish Lattimore and his family the best as he works to return to the gridiron at some point.
Unfortunately, Lattimore won’t be attending this weekend’s Carolina-Arkansas game at which a new sign will be unveiled marking the back’s new career rushing touchdown record. Doctors told him it was better to stay away than to attend the game.
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