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September 29, 2011

Dee Ford out for the season following surgery

The reports are true: reserve defensive end Dee Ford is out for the season after having back surgery.

Ford has surgery for a herniated disc, several websites reported last night. Head coach Gene Chizik never addressed Ford’s status this week, although to be fair, he was never specifically asked about Ford.

A school spokesman confirmed Thursday that Ford is out for the year.

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The junior was a backup to Corey Lemonier at rush end but had been effective, with seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack in three games.

Ford sat out the Florida Atlantic game with the injury. The junior hasn’t redshirted. Because he was injured in the first half of the season and played in less than 30 percent of Auburn’s games, he’s eligible for a medical redshirt.

He is the second rush end Auburn has lost for the year, joining redshirt freshman Justin Delaine. Redshirt freshman LaDarius Owens, a converted linebacker, is expected to fill Ford’s spot.


  1. Is this a career-ending injury? Or will he be able to play again? Seems like those sorts of back things are nonrecoverable (CF Chaz Ramsey).

    Comment by Bret Moore — September 29, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  2. I don’t know if anyone would be able to tell this soon. There are varying degrees of herniated discs, I’m sure. I’d expect Dee back next year, though.

    Comment by abitter — September 29, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  3. I feel for him. He was staring to make a real impact on the field.

    Comment by TWB1980 — September 30, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  4. I feel sorry for anyone with a herniated disc. I had surgery on my lower back because of that and I can vouch that it is very painful! It took a long while for it to heal(If the ever are!) but I am back to exercising and working out with very modest weights because I surely don’t want dnother one! My thoughts and prayers will be with Dee Ford and all the others on the Auburn team who have injuries. God bless!

    Comment by Rudy Tidwell — October 3, 2011 @ 2:50 am

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