The 49ers got good news on Tuesday as pass rusher Dee Ford, a player the team grabbed this offseason and is counting on in 2019, returned to the practice field.
Matt Barrows of TheAthletic.com reported that Ford was back, making his return after missing the last three weeks of practice following a platelet-rich-plasma treatment to his knee.
“He looked great today,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Very fresh legs, so we were messing with him over that. He looked very good.”
It’s a great sign for the Niners and their pass rush, and the health of Ford’s knee is going to be watched closely as the season gets closer.
The pass rusher has been suffering from tendonitis in his knee for several years, but the Niners took the plunge anyway trading for him this offseason.
“This past time it got to a point where I was dysfunctional,” Ford said. “And that’s a bad sign. So we really had to nip that in the bud. But it feels good now.”
With the AFC West Champion Chiefs in 2018 Ford recorded 13 sacks, a career-high.