Don’t expect to see Auburn defensive end Dee Ford on the field for his team’s opening day track meet with Washington State. The Tigers’ leading returning pass rusher could miss even more time after damaging ligaments in his left knee.
Asked about Ford’s availability in Week One, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson told al.com that there’s “no question” the man with six sacks a year ago will not play. He is also expected to miss an “extended” period of time.
Ford’s injury occurred back on August 10th during a scrimmage. “Freak thing,” Johnson said. “Someone’s leg swung around him and hit him in the side. Not real, real bad. No surgery required.”
Auburn’s pass rush a year ago left much to be desired. The Tigers registered just 22 sacks on the year, good for 11th place in the 14-team SEC. So the sooner Ford returns… the better.