Running back Marcus Lattimore is progressing so well in his rehab from a devastating injury to his right knee that he expects to be a full participant in the 49ers offseason conditioning program.

In fact, Lattimore said that his he is almost 100 percent healthy after spending the past 16 months or so recovering from a right knee injury that he suffered in a game against the University of Tennessee.

"The left knee, it feels like nothing ever happened," Lattimore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The right knee, it feels great. Both feel balanced. I've got my speed and I rarely get any soreness (after workouts)."

Lattimore tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his sophomore season at South Carolina in 2011, a little more than a year before he dislocated his right knee and tore several ligaments his junior season.

The 49ers selected Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft and allowed him to spend the entire season rehabilitating his right knee. Lattimore didn't see action in any games.

Fortunately for the 49ers, they didn't need Lattimore right away, given they had running backs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James on their 53-man roster.

It's unclear how coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman intend to mete out the workload at running back next season. However, it's likely that Lattimore will be part of the equation.


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Lattimore said he is hopeful of being ready to go when the 49ers being their offseason conditioning program in late April.

"I can't go out there and be Superman the first day," he said. "Once I get back in the groove and take a few hits, I'll be OK."