Marcus Lattimore is confident he’ll be ready to play in the NFL this fall.
The former South Carolina star tailback has spent the past two months in Pensacola, Fla., rehabbing his right knee which he shredded on Oct. 27 against Tennessee. Lattimore sustained a dislocation and tore several ligaments in the gruesome injury.
Lattimore had surgery in November. He declared for the NFL Draft in December instead of rehabilitating and possibly playing one final season for the Gamecocks. At the time, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said it might take more than a year to recover and return to the field. Lattimore has plunged himself into speeding up that timetable.
He said well-known sports surgeon James Andrews, part of the team who performed the operation, has told him several times he’s going to shock the world with his complete comeback.
“That’s my goal as long as I stay strong and keep progressing,” Lattimore told The Associated Press by phone.
Lattimore will take part in the NFL combine at Indianapolis later this month where he’ll go through extensive medical exams. Andrews, a physician for the Washington Redskins, will also be there to share his views on Lattimore’s health.
Lattimore won’t take part in the physical tests at the combine. While he plans to attend South Carolina’s pro day workouts in March.
Lattimore’s not certain whether to do any drills in front of scouts before the NFL Draft begins April 25.
SAINTS: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is talking to the team about becoming their defensive coordinator, but another NFL team that he has been linked to is apparently going in another direction.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Thursday that Grantham was interviewing with the Saints. The Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, will hire Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a source.
REINSTATED: The NFL has reinstated Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their staff.
The NFL ended Williams’ indefinite suspension Thursday and approved the Titans’ one-year contract with Williams. Tennessee also announced in the same release that Williams had been hired as a senior assistant coach for its defense.
The league issued a statement saying that commissioner Roger Goodell cited several reasons for reinstating Williams, including that Williams accepted responsibility for his role in the bounty program, and pledged to never be involved in any pay for performance system and to teach safe play and respect for the rules.