San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Marcus Lattimore told the Sacramento Bee on Friday that he would be OK with sitting out the 2013 season.
The former South Carolina star is still recovering from surgery after tearing three knee ligaments during a game early last season. After drafting Lattimore in the fourth round of last month's draft, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has considered sitting him out.
"I think that would be fine," he said. "Whatever happens, you know, these next three months will probably determine that. I'm just going to continue to keep working hard, and if I'm called upon, I feel like hopefully I'll be ready."
Harbaugh said Lattimore has progressed well so far.
"Everything looks good structurally with all the guys that we drafted," he said. "The ACL looks really good for Marcus. We're just going to have to take a step back in terms of the cutting because we want that inside of the knee, the lateral side of the knee, to heal fully. But we're good."