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San Francisco 49ers trying to be smarter with Dee Ford this time

Dee Ford, 49ers

There are a number of San Francisco 49ers who are coming back from injury for their home divisional round game against the Minnesota Vikings. One of them is pass rusher Dee Ford, who is coming back from a hamstring injury that had him only playing four snaps for the 49ers in their December 6th game against the New Orleans Saints. Those were his only snaps in the last six weeks since having the hamstring injury.

And this week, the 49ers are looking to be smarter with how they play their Pro Bowl-caliber edge rusher this Saturday against the Vikings, according to Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com.

“We’re trying to be smarter about it. I don’t know if that’s the right word. And I think Dee is, also. It’s tough for athletes in these situations. They want to play, no matter what. And when we look back at New Orleans, I think Dee was a little tight before the game.”

“He thought he could go, and the way Dee Ford comes off the ball, his fourth play of the game, he came off hard and he tweaked his hamstring again. So now we can look back and Dee can learn from that and I can learn from that, too. I hope Dee, if he feels that tight, can come tell me. Now I know from that history of what happened in New Orleans, if he’s feeling like that, I know what that means.”

The San Francisco 49ers will need Dee Ford’s elite pass rushing abilities as he’s given them 6.5 sacks in the 11 games he’s played for them. He is listed as questionable for the divisional round game.