Growing concern for Ford

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

PORTLAND -- Raptors point guard T.J. Ford is making the rounds, consulting with a number of prominent American specialists about his neck injury.

Ford, who suffered a neck stinger on Nov. 20 in Dallas and then sustained a head injury on Dec. 11 in Atlanta, flew with the team to Los Angeles on Sunday and reportedly met with Dr. Robert Watkins.

Instead of joining the team in Portland yesterday, Ford flew to New York to see yet another specialist, Dr. Patrick O'Leary, raising new concerns that his return to the lineup may be further along than first thought.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo has expressed deep concern over the fact that Ford has suffered three neck-type injuries since last season's playoffs, two this season alone.

Ford missed the entire 2004-05 season after undergoing surgery spinal surgery.

He has missed the past five games and there is no set date as to his return.


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