Dee Ford injury update: Chiefs pass rusher will have MRI on groin on Monday
By Matt Conner
Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Dee Ford will have an MRI on Monday after he left Sunday’s game with a reported groin injury.
Linebacker Dee Ford is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday after leaving the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a groin injury.
Andy Reid provided the media with an update on the team’s pass rusher, a former first round pick who has surprised his doubters with a strong early season showing for the Chiefs. While the defense overall has taken its lumps in each and every game, Ford has been one of the few bright spots on the defensive side of the ball for K.C.
Ford already put up one sack on the 49ers before his injuries, and his presence also freed up others to get after Jimmy Garoppolo, as Justin Houston had two sacks and Allen Bailey had one. It was the second sack of the young season for Ford so far, and Ford came into the game with 10 total pressures through the first two games in 2018.
If the Chiefs are forced to go without Ford for any length of time, the Chiefs will lean on younger players who are still developing into reliable pass rushers—namely, Tanoh Kpassagnon and this year’s second round pick Breeland Speaks.
For Ford, he and his agent will be praying that he doesn’t miss any time (or if so, that it is nothing significant) as he is in his official contract season. Ford, who is currently in his fifth NFL season, has been fairly inconsistent as a pass rusher since the Chiefs took him in the first round of the 2014 draft. While he’s flashed some solid ability to rush the passer, he’s also disappeared for long spells, been unable to show solid coverage skills to remain on the field, and last year he was out for several games with a back injury.
A strong showing this year could net him a nice payday in his first free agent contract next March. The MRI on Monday will say a lot about Ford’s ability to pursue success and how the Chiefs must deal with a potential injury along the defensive front.