Dr. James Andrews told ESPN on Friday that South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore might be ready to play by the beginning of the NFL season.
Lattimore tore three major ligaments and dislocated his right knee against Tennessee in October.
Andrews said that Lattimore is ahead of schedule in rehabilitating the knee.
"He can play if everything continues to go well," Andrews said. "He's ahead of the schedule for somebody with that type of injury."
Lattimore has been rehabbing and training at Athletes' Performance Institute in Pensacola, Fla.
Last year, Lattimore ran for 662 yards before his injury occurred in the ninth game of the season. He rushed for 1,197 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2010. He ran for 818 yards in seven games in 2011 before his season was cut short due to injury.