Marcus Lattimore will start practicing next week

49ers rookie running back Marcus Lattimore is expected to start practicing next week as he continues to run four days a week to work his way back from a nasty leg injury that he suffered last season at the University of South Carolina.

He takes part in speed workouts on Mondays and Fridays, and he does tempo running on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just like wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who is returning to practice after Achilles surgery in May and took a day off Wednesday, there are days off built into his rehab schedule.

“I’ve been doing all that for a while,” Lattimore said on Thursday. “Everything feels good. I should be out there. We’ll see what happens.”

49ers fans will still have to wait until next season to see Lattimore play in a game.

Next Tuesday is the last day of the season the 49ers have to activate Lattimore from the reserve/non-football injury list.  If they don’t activate him,  he’ll have to be placed on injured reserve and won’t be able to practice until next season.