Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver Isaiah Ford had surgery on his knee on Wednesday, a procedure that could sideline the team’s seventh round pick for an extended period. The team could look to put Ford on injured reserve, ending his rookie season before the season even begins. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the surgery.
Earlier in the day, the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reported Ford had meniscus damage that could require surgery to repair.
No official timeline for Ford’s recovery has been reported, and injured reserve could be a great thing for the rookie. Selected in the seventh round out of Virginia Tech, Ford is facing an uphill climb to make the Dolphins’ roster. Miami has Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills locked into the top three positions on the depth chart, with Leonte Carroo likely the top reserve. Second-year receiver Jakeem Grant will likely make the roster as well, especially if he shows he can handle the primary kick and punt return duties - which remains as an “if” after his fumble issues returned earlier in training camp. If those five all make the roster, that could leave just one roster spot open for a young receiver like Ford, who could see competition from Damore’ea Stringfellow, Jordan Westerkamp, Malcolm Lewis, Francis Owusu, and Drew Morgan.
Ford caught 210 passes in three seasons at Virginia Tech for 2,967 yards with 24 touchdowns.