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On October 27, 2012, Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries any football player, coach or fan had ever seen. In South Carolina's game vs. Tennessee, Lattimore was hit low by defensive back Eric Gordon, which caused his knee to bend in ways that nature never intended. Three ligaments were torn. Reconstructive surgery would be required. Two words came to mind: career over.
But that would be underestimating Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore has been down this road before. This wasn't the first time he faced a long, painstaking rehab process. Almost exactly one year earlier, Lattimore tore the ACL in his other knee during an October 15, 2011 contest vs. Mississippi State. Prior to this season's Tennessee game, he was just starting to look like his pre-injury self. He had proven that he could rehab a knee and make a comeback.
There's no way he could do it again, right? Not with the way his leg looked. He can't possibly rehab a knee that was bent in a 90 degree angle...the wrong way. Could he?
If you believe the most recent reports from Lattimore's doctors, then he might just be making what would have to be considered one of the most miraculous comebacks in recent history. According to Dr. James Andrews, Lattimore is way ahead of schedule in his recovery, and has a chance to play in 2013.
It would be nothing short of a miracle.
I, for one, will be cheering for Lattimore every step of the way. The realistic expectation is for Lattimore to be selected sometime during day three of the 2013 NFL Draft and to spend his rookie season on injured reserve.
Marcus Lattimore, however, might beg to differ.