DE - SF - IR
This Week Outlook
The San Francisco 49ers placed defensive lineman Dee Ford (back) on the injured reserve Saturday.
Ford has been dealing with a back injury and was questionable heading into Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. The 30-year-old needs additional time to recover from his back issue and will miss at least the next three weeks. Ford racked up five tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble over six games in 2021. Jordan Willis should see an uptick in snaps while Ford is sidelined.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 49ers and DL Dee Ford have agreed to terms on a restructured 2-year deal worth $24M.
The move comes at no surprise as the veteran lineman was slotted to have a massive cap hit in a down year for the cap. The deal is likely a win-win for both sides as it frees up space for the 49ers to try and resign veterans like Richard Sherman who are set to hit the open market. Last season. Ford recorded just three tackles before his season was cut short due to injury.
49ers coach Kyle Shannahan doesn't expect DL Dee Ford (back, IR) to return this season.
Ford has been on-and-off injured since arriving to San Francisco prior to the 2019 season. The 49ers could create $16 million in cap space if they cut him post-June 1st.
San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford has been placed on short-term IR with a back injury.
The 49ers traded for Ford in 2019, giving a second-round pick to the Chiefs and handing him a hefty 5-year contract worth $85M ($19.75 guaranteed). Ford, however, has not quite lived up to the billing. He only played in 11 games in 2019 due to a hamstring/quad injury but posted 6.5 sacks on just 232 snaps. He's an ultra-athletic pass rusher and the sky is the limit if he could just stay healthy. This is another blow to a 49ers D/ST that is already without Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa, and Solomon Thomas.
49ers' defensive end Dee Ford is expected to miss Week 3 against the Giants after undergoing further evaluations to a back injury he suffered after Week 1. Ford's timetable to return is unknown.
San Francisco has lost both of its star defensive ends with the expected sidelining of Dee Ford, as DE Nick Bosa suffered a torn ACL during the 49ers' 31-13 win over the Jets on Sunday. This formidable pass rush is now much less intimidating and could allow opposing QBs to outperform their projections. Keep an eye on the 49ers' schedule if you are streaming a QB.