San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford played the 2019 NFL season on a blown tire. But after knee surgery in February, the former Auburn standout is ready to sack some quarterbacks.
Ford was diagnosed with a severe case of tendinitis in the preseason, but he tried to play through it during the regular season. He ended up missing five of San Francisco’s final six regular-season games after suffering a hamstring injury.
Man, it was so tough, Ford said during an online press conference on Friday, especially I was in a situation where we needed to beat Seattle and I had actually repulled my hamstring working out. And I really wanted to play in that game, even if I would just be a decoy. When the stage is that big and the stakes are that high, big-time players come out in those types of games.
The fact that I was missing those opportunities, it definitely hurt. But we sat down with the training staff, which was phenomenal, and we were all on the same page with: We got one shot to do this right because we’re definitely going to be in the postseason. So I had to forget about how I felt and just move forward. It was tough, but that was just what we had to do, so I could be available for the Vikings and the Super Bowl and all that.
Ford wasn’t 100 percent when he returned for the playoffs, but he tried to bite the bullet and do what I could. Ford played 98 defensive snaps and registered a sack during the three games – victories over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the NFC playoffs and a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.