Injured RB Lattimore gets cheers from NFL scouts at USC pro day
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:53:53 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Marcus Lattimore worked out on his injured knee for NFL personnel, doing some exercises and pass-catching drills at South Carolina's pro day on Wednesday.
Lattimore received loud applause from ex-teammates, coaches and evaluators from the 31 NFL teams attending.
He hadn't been back to Williams-Brice Stadium since dislocating his right knee and tearing several ligaments against Tennessee in October. Lattimore did some step-up and balance workouts Wednesday to demonstrate his knee's progress.
Lattimore has been training and rehabilitating in Gulf Breeze, Fla. with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who says South Carolina's all-time touchdowns leader is ahead of schedule in his rehab.
The running back says he was happy with his limited workout.
"I know my situation. I know it's going to take some time and they (scouts) know my situation so it's all good," said Lattimore.
Lattimore caught passes with running backs and receivers -- although he walked out to a designated spot to catch the simple throws from former South Carolina passers Syvelle Newton and Seth Strickland.
His progress is making an impression on his former teammates, who were also hoping to catch the scouts' eyes on Wednesday.
"Marcus has shown great improvement and I'm really happy for him," said former USC defensive back Akeem Auguste. "I love that he's been fighting, going through everything he's had to go through, he's still here and standing tall and I'm proud of him."
Lattimore says he's met with a number of NFL teams, including the Eagles, Patriots and Rams and says he is not concerned about where he's selected in April's NFL draft.
Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis was the only head coach in attendance Wednesday.
"It really does not matter to me because once I get on a team, I'm going to prove myself, prove that I'm a complete back and I'll be full health. So I'll be good to go," said Lattimore.
Lattimore has been jogging during his recovery process, but is not yet cleared to do all-out sprints. The running back should be cleared to run within the next month, predicting Wednesday he will be back in full pads in three to four months.