Ford (shoulder) was able to practice Wednesday without any restrictions, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Ford has made a full recovery from the shoulder injury that he suffered in the season finale against the Packers. The 23-year-old worked mainly as a cornerback in 2018, but he was also spotted working out at safety Wednesday. Ford's ability to capably play both secondary spots would help his case for sticking on the roster heading into Week 1.
Ford injured his shoulder during the fourth quarter of the Lions' season finale against the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.
Ford wasn't signed to the active roster until 11 games into the season, but the undrafted rookie wound up playing a sizable role for Detroit down the stretch, seeing at least 47 defensive snaps in five of seven contests to end the year. He finishes with 25 tackles and one pass breakup in seven contests. Ford is under contract with the Lions for another season and will look to build upon his inaugural season stat line in 2019.
The Lions promoted Ford from their practice squad to the active roster Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.
Ford's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of T.J. Lang (neck) on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie will serve a depth role in Detroit's secondary and is expected to receive most of his snaps on special teams.
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