Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday he's keeping his "fingers crossed" that Ford (neck) will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. The 30-year-old came out of last year's season opener with a neck injury and missed the rest of the year, but he's apparently made significant progress in his recovery in the months since. According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, Ford has been working out at the team facility since February, but he'll be away from the team this week during OTAs while visiting a back specialist.
Ford (neck) agreed to restructure his contract into a two-year, $24 million deal Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Ford's health issues have limited him to just 12 games over the last two seasons (one game in 2020), so it's a given that he'd need to agree to a restructure in order to remain in San Francisco. He'll focus on fully recovering from his neck injury this offseason while hoping to bounce back during the 2021 campaign.
Ford (neck) isn't expected to return until sometime around San Francisco's Week 11 bye, per coach Kyle Shanahan, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The same is true for cornerback Richard Sherman (calf), who is also on IR. Ford can safely be ruled out of San Francisco's next three games, which occur in a 12-day span starting Sunday against New England, but a slightly faster than expected recovery could see him suit up against the Saints in Week 10.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said he'll decide whether to put Ford (back) on injured reserve within the next couple days, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old has missed the past two games with the back issues, and it appears he isn't particularly close to being game ready. Ford would be sidelined for at least three weeks if placed on injured reserve, and he's unlikely to play Week 4 even if the team opts not to make the move.
Ford (back) is expected to miss Sunday's game versus the Giants, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The injuries keep stacking up for the 49ers' defensive front, as both DE Nick Bosa and DT Solomon Thomas have been ruled out for the season with torn ACLs. Kerry Hyder is slated to start opposite Arik Armstead on the defensive line, and both newly acquired Ezekiel Ansah and Dekoda Watson will likely have roles.
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