Colorado running back Josh Ford had so much hope for the upcoming season.

The senior may not get a chance to play for the Buffs again, however.

Ford suffered a high ankle sprain on Aug. 11, and on Monday CU head coach Mike MacIntyre revealed that Ford will likely be out for much longer than the Buffs originally thought.

"He's having to probably get his ankle operated on, so he might be out most of the year," MacIntyre said. "It's very disappointing. He just got put back on scholarship and earned that and then hurts his ankle. Hopefully he can get back before the year is over. I'd like to see him do that."

A 1999 graduate of Denver's Mullen High School, Ford transferred to CU from Barton Community College in 2010. He rushed for 128 yards as a sophomore in 2011 and then added 127 yards and a touchdown last season.

Ford is a fifth-year senior. If he does miss the entire season, he could apply for a medical redshirt to gain a sixth year, but there's no guarantee that would be granted.

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