Dee Ford is "all good" after the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker was leveled on a play on Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Ford may have broken a rib on that play which is unfortunate because he was having a pretty good game up until that point.
Ford was playing in place of Tamba Hali which is a nod to the Chiefs future pass rush. Tamba could be gone after this season which would lead to Ford playing a full-time position. That's something we saw on Friday night before his injury.
"I really thought overall, he did a good job," Chiefs coach Andy Reid told the media on a conference call over the weekend. "He made plays. Actually, before the play he got hurt he had a nice play and made a nice tackle. I thought he had pressure on the quarterback. He still kept him in the pocket, which you really worry about with that quarterback, you don't want to let him outside the pocket. So, for the most part he kept him in the pocket and there was pressure. In the run game, I thought he held his own in the run game."
His run defense in particular was solid. This was a better game for him than the first week of the preseason. The KC Star's Terez Paylor wrote a nice piece on him here.
Ford had one play where he jumped over a defender trying a cut block and then rushed Russell Wilson. Unfortunately, Wilson was able to escape because he's good like that.
Overall I was excited to see Ford show signs of progress. The Chiefs will need to be resting Tamba more often this year to keep him fresh down the stretch so Ford's development is key.