A violent hit, a leg bent grotesquely, a dominant college running back felled.
When South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a brutal knee injury against Tennessee last October, time seemed to stop. At 662 yards and 11 touchdowns into his junior season, a helmet-to-knee hit scythed the young runner to the ground. He wouldn’t gain another inch for the Gamecocks.
Laying on the turf with a battalion of doctors, trainers and coaches around him, Lattimore’s season was over—and so, maybe, was his pro career, just months before it started. Lattimore told the story of his injury and rehab to Bleacher Report: