Concern about Ford's health following latest neck injury

TORONTO -- There's growing concern about the health of Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford, who has left the team to visit a specialist in New York.

Ford has made the rounds of doctors since hurting his neck again in a frightening fall Dec. 12 at Atlanta.

He saw his former surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles when the Raptors were there to play the Clippers earlier this week. He then flew to New York to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick O'Leary on Wednesday.

"We are consulting with a number of specialists to get as much information as possible regarding T.J.'s condition," Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Once enough information is compiled, we will chart a course for his return to basketball activity."

The neck injury is the latest in a string of similar setbacks for the guard who suffers from spinal stenosis -- a narrowing of the openings of the vertebra.

He missed half his rookie season and all of the 2004-'05 campaign with the Milwaukee Bucks after undergoing neck surgery.

He's suffered three neck injuries since joining the Raptors in the summer of 2006, including two this season.