SANTA CLARA – This is what Trent Baalke said about Marcus Lattimore Saturday afternoon.
Q: Why isn’t Marcus Lattimore active? Did he reinjure himself?
BAALKE: He has had no setbacks. He’s coming off, as well all know, a horrific injury. We want to make sure, as does he, that he is 100 percent mentally and physically ready to go to help this football team and to give himself the best chance to compete at a very high level. As far as setbacks, none.
Q: Do you see him on the Week 1 roster?
BAALKE: It really depends. Once again, coming off an injury, there are two things you’ve got to address – the physical and the mental. Players know when they’re ready and trainers can know to a point when they’re ready physically. What it really comes down to, especially in these types of cases where the injury was to the level it was – it was a significant injury, so there is a mental hurdle and a physical hurdle you’ve got to overcome. And he’s close. How close? That remains to be seen.
Q: How do you measure the mental hurdle?
BAALKE: I think the players tell you. Just like Michael Crabtree last year when he was coming back, it really came down to when he believed in his mind he was ready to go. You can’t tell them how they feel. As a player, they know when they’re ready. I don’t know that we can measure when they’re mentally ready as much as they will let us know when they’re ready.
Q: These guys are so confident in themselves. Will they ever tell you they’re not ready?
BAALKE: Absolutely they will.
Q: Has Lattimore said that?
BAALKE: Once again, any time you’re dealing with an athlete, they’re going to make that decision when they really believe they’re ready. I think, like I said earlier, he’s close. How close remains to be seen.