A year after running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a gruesome knee injury that dropped his NFL draft stock and has kept him off the field ever since, it sounds as if he's getting closer to practicing once again.

That's what he told The State this week, even though he admitted he doesn't know if he'll play this season for the 49ers.

Lattimore had suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 season when he was at the University of South Carolina, and after rehabbing that, he badly injured his other knee in October of 2012. In the aftermath of the 49ers drafting him in the fourth round, he said he was OK if San Francisco used this year as a sort of redshirt season as Lattimore recovers.

But if he can practice, yeah, he'd take that.