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Dee Ford | Linebacker | #55

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 252
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (23) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (back) said he feels "excellent" following surgery.
Ford underwent surgery this offseason to repair a back issue which limited him to just six games last season and caused numbness in his leg. He feels much better after the surgery, however, and expects to be ready for training camp if not sooner. Ford is just a year removed from a 10-sack campaign in 2016. Apr 17 - 9:22 AM

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Date:'s Tom Pelissero confirms the Chiefs will not be releasing OLB Dee Ford.

GM Brett Veach said as much on Thursday. With Ford still recovering form back surgery, the Chiefs probably didn't have a choice. 2018 is his team option year, and the option is guaranteed for injury. It sounds like Ford couldn't pass a physical when the new league year starts on March 14. Ford notched two sacks on 316 snaps in 2017.
Mar 1 - 4:11 PM

Chiefs GM Brett Veach said the organization believes in OLB Dee Ford "and his ability to really make a difference when healthy."

There were some rumblings the Chiefs would move on from Ford, who is owed $8.7 million on his fifth-year option, but these comments seem to put those rumors to bed. Ford was limited to six games due to a back injury last season, but he recorded 10 sacks in a breakout 2016 campaign. More importantly, the Chiefs do not have the depth at outside linebacker to move on from a player who has shown he can be productive. Even with Ford and Justin Houston returning, Kansas City needs to add some pass-rushing talent. Getting something out of 2017 second-rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon would help.
Mar 1 - 12:02 PM

Chiefs placed OLB Dee Ford (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ford missed two games after first injuring his back in Week 3, then re-injured it in Week 8. He hadn't played since. It ends a highly-disappointing season after Ford notched a career-high 10 sacks in 2016. Finishing his age-26 campaign on injured reserve, the No. 23 overall pick of the 2014 draft is under Chiefs control for one more year after they exercised his fifth-year team option.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 08:39:00 PM

Chiefs declared OLB Dee Ford (back), OLB Tamba Hali (knee), DE Allen Bailey (knee), WR Albert Wilson (hamstring), QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, and OL Parker Ehinger inactive for Week 11 against the Giants.

There are no surprises in this list. Even with Ford and Hali sidelined, the Chiefs should be able to get pressure against the Giants' bad and banged-up offensive line. It is a bit chalky, but the Chiefs are a great DST play this week.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford re-injured his back in the Week 8 win over the Broncos.

Ford had a back injury earlier this season, missing Week 4. He again hurt it this past Monday night, needing an MRI, and didn't practice on Wednesday. Ford has just two sacks this season after racking up 10 in 2016.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (back) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Ford never looked likely to play after missing practice all week. The Chiefs will go with Tanoh Kpassagnon and Frank Zombo opposite Justin Houston.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 02:20:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Chargers with a hip injury and will not return.

It's a new injury for Ford, who was limited by a shoulder issue at practice this week. He recorded one tackle before exiting in the third quarter.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 06:50:00 PM

Chiefs exercised OLB Dee Ford's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Ford took over as the starter ahead of Tamba Hali late in 2015, pushing Hali into a rotational role behind Ford and All-Pro Justin Houston. Ford received positive marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass rush in 2016 and recorded a career-best 10 sacks. He should continue to see one-on-one matchups opposite Houston. Ford has 15.5 sacks through three seasons.
Mon, May 1, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) is active for Week 13 against the Falcons.

As are Justin Houston and Dontari Poe. Ford missed last week's overtime win over the Broncos. Ford has 10 sacks, and will give the Chiefs a big boost in a tough matchup in the Georgia Dome. Inactive for the Chiefs are WR Jeremy Maclin, QB Tyler Bray, CB Phillip Gaines, RB Knile Davis, OL Michael Person, LB Dadi Nicolas and TE Ross Travis.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) got in a limited practice Wednesday.

Ford sat out the Panthers game after injuring his hamstring against the Bucs in Week 11. Even though he was limited, a return to practice this early in the week puts him on track to play against the Falcons. Ford is tied for second in the league with 10 sacks. With Justin Houston back healthy, he and Ford could wreak havoc on Matt Ryan this week.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 12.

The good news is Justin Houston is back. The bad news is Ford has been Kansas City's only pass-rush threat all year, piling up ten sacks across ten starts in a third-year breakout. Houston and Tamba Hali will start at outside linebacker.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 03:56:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford left Sunday's Week 11 game against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury and will not return.

Ford logged one tackle before exiting in the second quarter. With Ford sidelined, Tamba Hali will slide in opposite Justin Houston at outside linebacker. Ford was tied for the league-lead in sacks (10) when the day began.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford missed time at minicamp with a knee injury.

It's not a major concern, but Kansas City needs Ford healthy with Justin Houston sidelined. Ford should be ready for the start of training camp.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 09:17:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford said he expects more "consistency" this season.

Ford had a career game against the Chargers last December, recording three sacks, seven tackles, and a game-saving pass breakup, but he had just one sack the next five games including the playoffs. With Tamba Hali set for a smaller role and Justin Houston's (knee) status up in the air, the Chiefs need Ford to more consistently get to the passer this year.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 11:08:00 AM

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