The San Francisco 49ers returned to practice on Thursday, and the most notable name taking part had to be running back Marcus Lattimore. The 49ers activated the 21-day practice window for the NFI-listed rookie, and Thursday was the first full practice session of the week. More importantly, it was Lattimore's first full football practice in over a year. You can head over to 49ers.com to view a gallery of pictures from his first practice.
Lattimore suffered a brutal knee injury last season that ended his year early at South Carolina. The 49ers drafted him knowing he was in for a lengthy rehab, and placed him on the Non-Football Injury list to start the season. Just a reminder that even though Lattimore suffered the injury on a football field, because it happened in college, it counts toward the NFI list and not the PUP list.
Lattimore has a little over two more weeks to practice with the team. After that is up, the team has to either add him to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve to finish out the season. All indications are that he will be shelved for the season when the three week practice window ends.