Ford (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Bills. Ford injured his back during warmups last Sunday, and it will cost him at least another week as well. Tamba Hali will continue to see the largest chunk of time at right outside linebacker, but Dezman Moses could be in line to spell him again Sunday should the veteran need rest.
Ford injured his back during warmups and will not play Sunday against the Chargers, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports. Ford's injury shouldn't have too much of an overall impact Sunday, but it's worth noting that he won't be available to spell veteran Tamba Hali and his sore knee. Assuming Hali requires a fair amount of rest as usual, Dezman Moses could be in line to see added snaps in place of the inactive Ford.
Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford has been sidelined from practice after suffering a concussion, reports ESPN NFL Nation. It is not known how long the injury will keep Ford sidelined. In 2014, Ford produced seven tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 16 games.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid likes what he has in linebacker Dee Ford and he wants to get him more playing time this year, according to the Kansas City Star. Reid hopes that Ford will build off of his performances at the end of the 2014 season. "I think (you'll see) more of what you saw at the end of the season," Reid said. "Dee will take another step forward. He's very familiar with everything." The head coach also knows that Ford must improve against the running game, but he can get after opposing quarterbacks. "We know he can rush the passer," Reid said. (But) it's always going to be a challenge because offensive coaches had an opportunity to study him and see what moves he's got, so you've got to keep adding to that repertoire of pass rush moves as we go and hone those in even better than what you were doing." Ford, 24, played in all 16 games as a rookie registering eight total tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford played 9 percent of the defensive snaps in his rookie season, finishing with eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. But coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey are expecting big things from Ford in 2015. "He didn't have his hand on the ground, he wasn't a rush end (like in college)," Reid told the Kansas City Star. "He had to learn a whole new position, which is a tough transfer going from college football to the NFL. He attacked that part of it. You saw him get better as the season went on."Added Dorsey: "You still see that great get off, and as you started to see him get more comfortable in that role, you saw him begin to develop a knack to put pressure on the quarterback. I think it was beneficial for him to learn from two of the best in the business in Tamba [Hali] and Justin [Houston]. They were more than willing to show him different types of hand placements and the art of playing the outside linebacker position." If Kansas City parts ways with the 31-year-old Hali, as many expect, Ford would be line to start. Ford said he learned plenty from watching Hali and Houston. "I could have played this year and been a decent player — but we're trying to be great," Ford told the paper. "That's what they bring here, great linebackers. That's why I didn't play right away. I could have played and had about six or seven sacks, but that's not the standard here. The standard is higher. So that's what I'm working toward."