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Chiefs’ Andy Reid said Dee Ford’s rib was bruised not broken

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford left the field after an injury in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during last Friday’s preseason game.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford left the field after an injury in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during last Friday’s preseason game. deulitt@kcstar.com

The blast applied to outside linebacker Dee Ford in Friday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks looked worse than it felt.

So much so that Ford was compelled to inform his 30,000 followers on Twitter on Saturday morning that he wasn’t injured. “#ChiefsKingdom I’m all good” he noted.

“A lot of people were kind of upset,” Ford said Wednesday as the Chiefs prepared for Friday’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. “I wanted everybody to know I didn’t really have a problem with it. I was OK. Nothing was going on, it’s just football.”

In this case, football was a chip block from Seahawks running back Christine Michael, a bull of a running back who was the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year at Texas A&M in 2009.

Ford was rushing against Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung when Michael put a solid hit on Ford and knocked him to the ground late in the second quarter. He remained there for a few moments before coming off the field.

It was originally feared that Ford had fractured a rib. But X-rays taken Saturday revealed no break. Chiefs coach Andy Reid described the injury as a bruise.

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