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USC team doctor: Lattimore tore ligaments in knee

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Marcus Lattimore injured in game vs. Tennessee Saturday Marcus Lattimore injured in game vs. Tennessee Saturday
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The University of South Carolina has released more details about the injury star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered during the game against Tennessee Saturday.

Team Doctor Jeffrey Guy said Lattimore suffered a significant impact to the front of his right knee. Guy said the ensuing hyperextension of Lattimore's knee resulted in injury to several ligaments.

Dr. Guy said there were no fractures or additional injuries.

The University athletics department said Lattimore is resting and will be evaluated throughout the rest of the week. He has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery.

Earlier Sunday, USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier could not provide a definitive answer to the extent of Lattimore's injury.

He said in a conference call Sunday that Dr. Guy told him that Lattimore's knee "popped out of place and was dislocated," but Guy had moved the knee back into place. 

Lattimore injured his right knee on a rushing play during the second quarter of the Gamecocks' 38-35 win over Tennessee Saturday.  He suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in the 2011 season.

"Obviously the loss of Marcus was a big blow to all of us," said Spurrier. "It's going to take a while to recover and rehab this."

Spurrier went on to say that since Lattimore was not redshirted and he has two years of eligibility left to play.

Spurrier said he was optimistic Lattimore's football days are still ahead of him. 

"I truly believe Marcus could be the most popular South Carolina football player that's ever been here," said Spurrier. "Even our opponents, they don't trash talk Marcus.  They have tremendous respect for him.  He's such a well-respected young man."

"Good things are going to happen with his life," said Spurrier.

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