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November 30, 2013
'I'm hitting it': Marcus Lattimore not holding back in 49ers practice


Rookie Marcus Lattimore said his surgically repaired knee has held up perfectly as he's gone through his first 49ers practices this month. Lattimore said he usually takes about 15 snaps with the scout team during a practice and gets perhaps two or three with the 49ers offense.

He said he's been able to cut and accelerate the way he's used to and that he isn't holding back when he runs. "I'm hitting it," he said. "When I'm out there, I'm going at the pace I normally would."

Lattimore tore three ligaments in his right knee on Oct. 27, 2012. The 49ers have said the rookie won't play this season, but on Nov. 19 he was permitted to join practice for a three-week period. Lattimore will continue to practice next week. After that, he is expected to go on injured reserve.

The 49ers have an abundance of running backs this year. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon are on the active roster. They also have Jewel Hampton on the practice squad. Dixon and Hampton are scheduled to be free agents in March; Gore and Hunter are signed through the 2014 season; James is signed through the 2015 season.

Notes: Fans can donate to hurricane relief efforts in the Philippines at Gate 2 and at all Candlestick Park entrances on Sunday. Donations will go the American Red Cross to assist victims.

* Jerry Rice will be an honorary captain for Sunday's game. The former 49ers receiver will be on hand to commemorate the No. 3 all-time moment at Candlestick Park, when Rice surpassed Jim Brown in all-time touchdowns with 127.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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