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Marcus Lattimore injury update: 49ers medical exam reveals no structural damage

The 49ers welcomed their rookies to town for minicamp. We take a look at some medical updates related to the pertinent injuries.

Marcus Lattimore speaks to 49ers media at rookie minicamp
Marcus Lattimore speaks to 49ers media at rookie minicamp
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The San Francisco 49ers have welcomed their rookies to camp, and it means plenty more random content for the fans. The rookies met with the media earlier this afternoon, and it provides us with a chance to catch up with players we have not heard much from since the draft.

There will be plenty of content to discuss, but the most pertinent for me is Marcus Lattimore's physical examination. Jim Harbaugh met with the media and said the results were promising for Lattimore and Tank Carradine. Both suffered season-ending knee injuries in 2012, although Lattimore's was more devastating. Most of the beat writers have written about the topic, so I've posted links to them at the bottom of the post.

It is not exactly shocking to hear Harbaugh sounding positive about Lattimore's knee. I can't imagine we'd hear negative news from Harbaugh about Lattimore's knee, but he did sort of couch his assessment:

"Everything looks good structurally with all the guys that we drafted," he said. "The ACL looks really good for Marcus. We're just going to have to take a step back in terms of the cutting because we want that inside of the knee, the lateral side of the knee to heal fully. But we're good."

Lattimore also told the media he was fine if the team decided he should sit out the 2013 season. We might get some leaked info between now and the start of training camp, but basically we're waiting for the 49ers announcement that Lattimore will open training camp on the PUP list. It seems fairly likely at this point, but we'll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

As for Carradine, it sounds like he is making good progress. He tore his ACL the day before Kyle Williams tore his. Knee injuries differ from player to player and position to position. Neither Carradine or Lattimore is expected to be involved in this weekend's on-field activities, but they are getting plenty of time with the playbook.

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