49ers not expecting Dee Ford to return this season

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San Francisco pass rusher Dee Ford is likely done for the season.

Ford hasn’t played since October 24, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said today that he doesn’t expect Ford to return at all.

I’ll be surprised if he’s back. I think we will have to continue playing without him,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBCSportsBayArea.com.

The 49ers expressed some optimism about Ford returning when they opened the practice window for him to come back from injured reserve, but they have to make a final decision about whether to put him back on the active roster on Wednesday, and it appears safe to say he won’t be back.

Ford signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the 49ers in 2019 but has fallen well short of expectations, recording just 9.5 sacks in 18 games over three seasons. If he’s on the roster next year he’ll have a salary cap hit of $11.9 million for 2022.

9 responses to “49ers not expecting Dee Ford to return this season

  1. I feel really bad for the guy. In an interview he mentioned how bad his spinal injuries were and also how badly he wishes he could be out there playing.

    Wonderful talent when healthy

  2. Dee Ford is the worst decision Lynch and company have made value wise on the defense.We can’t afford to have that kind of money on the sidelines. Niners need cap space to sign other quality players, and Dee as good as he can be is not on the field.

  3. Dee Ford is the donk who gifted the Patriots another Super Bowl when he lined up offsides in the AFC championship

  4. Shanahan and Lynch were fleeced by KC, you cant tell me that KC didn’t know that this dude had major health issues when they dumped him to us and gathered a 2nd for him. 49ers training group were worse in the NFL when it came to injured players out for extended periods of time so they were all fired, now their replacements from the hockey league are just as bad. Has to be one of the worst signings and contract extension in 49er history. Not his fault but dont feel bad for him, he has sucked up a ton of salary cap while sitting in the whirlpool this year and the last two.

  5. Ford was great when healthy in KC but was injured too much and screwed up his stay when he cost the team a shot at the Super Bowl by lining up offsides on 4th down. Unfortunately that’s probably all he’ll be remembered for in KC.

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