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Lattimore told The Associated Press on Friday that the most difficult part of his recovery has been doctors and trainers pulling back on the reins. "I just want to train as hard as I can," Lattimore said. "But I understand why they want me to slow down."
Although it's too early to say with certainty, signs point toward a redshirt year -- a scenario which Lattimore has said he'll accept. Frank Gore is locked in as the feature back, LaMichael James is bulking up in preparation for an expanded role and Kendall Hunter's recovery from Achilles surgery is going smoothly.
Lattimore also told The Associated Press that Gore, who also overcame major knee surgeries in college, has been his inspiration for a comeback.
"It was great to finally meet him in person," Lattimore said. "He's been wonderful to me."
Even if he has to wait a year to contribute at the NFL level, Lattimore is one of the most intriguing draft-day fliers in recent memory.