John Lynch: Dee Ford not guaranteed to be ready for start of next season

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San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch said on Monday that defensive end Dee Ford isn’t guaranteed to be ready for the start of the 2021 season because of ongoing back problems.

Via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ford’s rehabilitation process from a back injury has been a bit rocky. The injury limited him to just one game played this season.

I can’t tell you with great (certainty) that, yeah, he’s going to be ready for 2021,” Lynch said. “We’re working hard — and he is working hard — to try to get there.

“When you’re dealing with a part of your body — the back — sometimes these things take more time. I think Dee tries to stay encouraged. But I think it’s been a struggle for him. And we try to stay encouraged as well.”

Since coming to the 49ers in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the 2019 season, Ford has managed to appear in just 12 games for the team. Of the 12 games he’s appeared in, he’s played over 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps just twice. Both games happened to be the season openers.

Ford had knee issues and a hamstring injury that limited his time on the field last year. He’s also had previous issues with his back that included a herniated disc and a surgery for a lumbar discectomy

6 responses to “John Lynch: Dee Ford not guaranteed to be ready for start of next season

  1. OMG! Genuinely sorry for his back issues (not to mention his knees and legs) but please Lynch, just cut bait on this money drain asap and stop talking about him!

  2. at the time, sending him to the niners seemed like a spite move because of the offsides call against the pats. i guess the chiefs front office saw something.

  3. “Dee Ford isn’t guaranteed to be ready for the start of the 2021 season”

    Or any season.

  4. Too many mechanical issues with this Ford. Cost a fortune but doesn’t run and in the garage most of the time (although very powerful when able to start). May be Lynch should look for a Lexus next time.

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