49ers linebacker Dee Ford had ‘extensive’ knee surgery after Super Bowl loss
Dee Ford was hindered by a knee injury in his first year with the San Francisco 49ers last season. Following an injury-hindered campaign, Ford revealed that he had an “extensive” knee surgery after San Francisco’s loss in the Super Bowl earlier this year.
While speaking to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, Ford explained why he chose to wait until after the season to undergo surgery:
“We were spot-on with the injury as far as diagnosing it in training camp … I had a severe case of tendinitis … With my position, that’s a blown tire. I feel great right now. I’m able to actually explode off of this knee. Thinking back on it, I can’t believe I played a whole season on it, and we knew at the end of the day what we had to do. It had to be surgical, but I didn’t want to miss the season. We had too much going on. I didn’t want to miss that. It’s in the bag now, though, I’m confident in that.”
After being traded from the Kansas City Chiefs, Ford managed to play in 11 games in his first season with the 49ers. As a result of his nagging knee injury, he finished with only 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2019.
Nevertheless, after San Francisco’s devastating loss to Ford’s former team in February, the formidable edge rusher underwent surgery. Dr. James Andrews, a renowned and respected surgeon who athletes tend to go to, performed the surgery on Ford this offseason.
Since the surgery, Ford has been rehabbing in Alabama, preparing himself for a bounce-back season in 2020. If he can remain healthy next season, the 49ers are going to have an even more lethal pass-rushing unit than a year ago.