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Lattimore dislocated knee and has ligament damage
Question of the Day
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Marcus Lattimore had his right knee dislocated and sustained ligament damage against Tennessee, yet South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier believes the junior could eventually return to football.
Spurrier visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the running back displayed a good attitude about his condition. Spurrier said team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore’s knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to the hospital.
Guy said in a statement that Lattimore’s knee was hyperextended and resulted in injuries to several ligaments. Guy said there were no fractures, broken bones or other injuries and Lattimore’s surgically repaired left knee was not affected.
Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore would never play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season.
“He knows what the road ahead is,” said Spurrier. “We’re all hoping and praying he’ll be back.”
That didn’t seem possible to anyone who watched Lattimore fall or saw the slow-motion replays of the second-quarter hit. Lattimore is wrapped up from behind on a 2-yard run when Vols defensive back Eric Gordon comes in low. Lattimore’s right leg sickeningly flops over and slams against the turf.
“I saw the look in his eyes when he was on the ground,” South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders said. “He was really heartbroken about the injury. We were just trying to keep him strong.”
A host of sports figures and other celebrities sent Lattimore support via Twitter, including New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and Hootie and the Blowfish singer and South Carolina alum Darius Rucker.
“Praying for Marcus Lattimore. Hate to see the best RB in college go down. Keep ya head up my man!” said Dallas runner DeMarco Murray on Twitter.
Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw said the team played for Lattimore in the second half, South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) holding on for a 38-35 win over Tennessee (3-5, 0-5). The Gamecocks moved up six spots to No. 11 in the latest rankings. They don’t play again until Nov. 10 against Arkansas.
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