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Shanahan: Dee Ford to undergo physical this week, still unlikely to remain with 49ers; Danny Gray sidelined

Jun 7, 2022 at 1:19 PM--

Dee Ford will report to the San Francisco 49ers this week. However, he won't be participating in the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. It sounds like the 49ers still plan to part ways with the veteran defensive end.

"He's going to come in. He's been excused from minicamp," head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday. "I think he's coming in to get his physical later this week. But no, he's not doing anything with us."

The coach was asked if the physical is a precursor to the 49ers releasing Ford or possibly retirement.

"I know we've gotten a good bill of health from his doctors, saying how good he is in this spot," Shanahan said. "We're going to check him out with our physical. I do not expect him to be on our team. But those are the [two] options that could happen."

Back issues limited Ford last season. The pass rusher appeared in just six games before landing on injured reserve. He played in just one game in 2020. Ford has recorded 9.5 sacks in his three injury-plagued seasons with the 49ers.

Shanahan added that rookie wide receiver Danny Gray is not practicing due to a hamstring injury sustained during organized team activities last week.

"That's why he's out this week, and will most likely be out next week," Shanahan said.

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