The Badgers said Ford, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, is expected to return later this season.
Ford was expected to be the first forward off the bench for coach Greg Gard's team. He averaged 5.8 points and shot a team-high 40.9 percent from 3-point range in playing all 33 games, including 20 starts.
Ford had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 3 from the 3-point line, in a closed scrimmage this week against Iowa State.
The Badgers hope to bounce back from a 15-18 season that ended a stretch of 19 straight NCAA tournament appearances. They open at home against Coppin State on Tuesday.