Lots of folks were excited to see Ford coming off the flashes he showed late in 2013 after Kyle Rudolph went down with injury, but enthusiasm was dampened when Ford showed up to camp in a walking boot and the Vikings revealed that he would be placed on PUP.
While the Vikings went through their paces in practice and preseason, Ford was forced to watch from the sidelines. Now with preseason about to wrap up, Ford is finally able to return to practice and has been removed from PUP.
The challenge now for Ford will be getting up to speed with the rest of his teammates after missing all of camp and most of preseason.
Ford himself refused to comment about the injury, reminding everyone that he got in trouble with coach Mike Zimmer the last time he made public comments about that particular subject.
Ford however is reportedly unlimited in practice and you imagine he will be ready to go full speed at some point in the first couple weeks of the season.
Despite the emergence of Allen Reisner as a red zone target for Teddy Bridgewater, Ford is a talented player and you have to believe the Vikings will give him every chance to stick around.