Marcus Lattimore wants to play, but the San Francisco 49ers have taken a decidedly patient approach with the rookie running back's return to the field.

Coming off the ghastly knee injury he suffered last October, the former South Carolina star is running again, but he told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington that he likely won't take part in next month's training camp.

"I did a lot this offseason," Lattimore said at this week's NFL Rookie Symposium in an interview that aired Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

"You know, we come back in late July. Been running sprints, you know, got a chance to get in there with the guys a little bit, that felt good. Probably won't do training camp. You know, just on course with the trainer and my doctor. Get a chance to practice midseason and see what happens."