Vikings tight end Chase Ford had a little surprise for everyone when he arrived at Mankato for camp on Thursday: his foot was in a walking boot.
Ford revealed that he has a stress fracture in the foot and said he anticipates being out until the start of the season. No official word has been given on Ford’s status, but it’s expected that he will be headed to the PUP list.
This is not great news for Ford who, despite his decent showing last year in relief of Kyle Rudolph, is a long way from locking down a spot on the Vikings’ roster.
Ford’s main competition comes from UDFA A.C. Leonard, a physical specimen who, if he can show any grasp of the playbook at all, has a very good chance to wind up the #2 pass catching tight end.
Allen Reisner and newly-signed Mike Higgins are also in the mix. Rhett Ellison can play tight end but figures as more of a blocker than a receiver.
Losing the chance to show his stuff in camp and preseason may prove to be an insurmountable setback for Ford. Tough break for him.