Most people want to take off work on their birthday. Not Marcus Lattimore. On his 23rd birthday, Lattimore had his first formal NFL practice of 2014 at the 49ers training facilities in Santa Clara (obviously he has been working out and doing drills all summer and fall). Here are the first media reports from this milestone moment - keep checking back for updates.
Update 3 - uh oh?
ESPN NFL News
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Lattimore "hung back" in the trainers' room during practice but would not elaborate on if the running back suffered a setback.
Hopefully it's just a ding.
"It was good, very good .. great to see him out there," Roman said via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. "He worked with [running backs] Coach [Tom] Rathman after practice extra and got with some of the defensive players and got some contact work, which was really good. And I know they looked at that this morning in a pretty early meeting.
Sports World Report
Essentially, the 49ers are putting Lattimore through an individualized version of training camp, something he has yet to experience in the NFL. He went through the spring sessions with the team this year but was placed on the non-football injury list before training camp began.
49ers Hot Read
Lattimore took part in this offseason’s organized team activities but did not participate in the exhibition season. His season debut Wednesday on the practice field signaled a milestone that wasn’t lost on coach Jim Harbaugh.
"This is special," Harbaugh said.
FanSided - Niners Noises
The 49ers have not released much info about how his practice went, but the 49ers have three weeks — until November 19 — to decide whether or not to activate him for the remainder of the season.
Marcus Lattimore Lost Confidence in 2013. Post-practice video with the man of the moment. Watch the whole thing.
"I was concerned about my knee. You don't have time to think out there; you just got to go."
SF Gate Niners Blog
"I am excited, nervous, happy, anxious, all kinds of emotions," Lattimore admitted before he took to the practice field for the first time in nine months. "I’m blessed to be in this position, thanks to the 49ers."
"It's just a great day," said Lattimore, who made his practice debut with the 49ers a year ago but wasn't activated after a three-week evaluation. "I haven't had too many great birthdays because my left knee happened around my birthday and my right knee happened around my birthday so this is just a great day. I mean, I'm excited, happy and I'm going to enjoy this.
49ers in no rush to get Lattimore in a game. Watch the video, too.
Right now, Lattimore appears to be insurance for the remainder of the season. And that’s OK. The 49ers are in no rush. He figures to be a part of the organization for years to come.