San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch Offers Dee Ford Injury Update

Published 03/30/2021, 9:54 AM EDT


The 2014 1st-round (23rd overall) pick Dee Ford signed for Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. He spent 5 years in Missouri playing as an outside linebacker alongside some great defensive players such as Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and Tamba Hali. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 in exchange for a 2nd-round pick.

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Ford signed a 5-year deal with the Red and Gold worth a reported $87.5 million 2 years ago. He finished his first season in San Francisco with 14 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 11 appearances, including 2 starts.

He recorded two tackles in the Super Bowl LIV loss to his former employers, Kansas City Chiefs. However, Ford was sidelined with neck and back injuries in 2020.

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But San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch is optimistic that the 30-year will make a return to the first-team setup in the coming months.

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Dee Ford edging closer towards anticipated San Francisco 49ers return

Speaking to the media, 49ers’ General Manager John Lynch gave the latest update surrounding OLB Dee Ford ahead of the 2021 NFL preseason.

He said, “Well, Dee’s doing well. With that type of injury, you don’t want to get too high or too low and I think he’s really in a good place.

“He’s working, he’s been here every day. He’s working extremely hard. It’s encouraging to look out my window and see things progress, but I think we’ll leave it at that.

“(W)e’re very appreciative to Dee and his representative Adisa [Bakari] for working with us to come up with something that would allow for us to gain some more room.

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“He worked with us and we’re extremely appreciative. I think, both sides won there,” Lynch said via the team’s official transcript.

Along with Ford, coach Kyle Shanahan is also expecting DE Nick Bosa to make a swift return in 2021. The highly-promising youngster suffered an ACL injury in the Week 2 game against New York Jets last season.

The 49ers’ defense was one of the major reasons they reached the Super Bowl in 2019. They’ll need the likes of Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Trent Williams, and others to perform consistently in order to mount another deep playoff run.

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