The same hamstring that he injured during track season is being nursed along slowly since being tweaked during the first practice of camp. Though he's chomping at the bit to get back on the field, Ford understands he's got plenty of time before Sept. 5 roles around.
But there have been times when he's gotten antsy about wanting to lose the yellow.
"I've talked to Coach (Dabo) Swinney about it. He's told me to just be patient," Ford said. "We still have a while before our first game. I just go out there do my rehab and try to get ready for the first game."
During practice, Ford is limited to running, cutting and testing the hamstring for any signs of it grabbing. Everyday he's just trying to get it better.
"I'm running around a lot more and starting to get more confidence in it," he said. "Overall, it's feeling pretty good. I'm still wearing the yellow jersey for precautionary reasons. I'm just trying to take it easy."
Though he remains day-to-day, Ford has targeted a return to full speed for sometime next week. It's up to him when he's back to full speed.
"We're just kind of going at his pace at this point," Swinney said. "I know what he can do. The last thing I want to do is for it not to be at 100 percent and he's out two or three games.
"He looks really good. But I want him to feel really good too."
Ford knows the difference between an injury and being hurt, Swinney said. As a credit to his toughness, Swinney called Ford his own worst enemy.
"He'll practice through about anything. I'm trying to win as many as we can this year. Like I said, we've still got three weeks," Swinney said.
While Ford has been limited throughout camp, Swinney believes the tweaked hamstring has probably been a blessing in disguise. Repetitions that were reserved for Ford on the first team have been opened up to a number of players.
"There are guys getting a lot of work there. Those young wide-outs are getting better and better," Swinney said.
Ford Remains Sidelined
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