Giants TE Ballard has left ACL tear

New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard tore his left anterior

cruciate ligament during the second half of the Super Bowl, the

team announced on Tuesday.

An MRI discovered Ballard’s injury, and with the help of

crutches, he was able to participate in Tuesday’s parade and

ceremonies in New York and New Jersey.

Ballard, an undrafted free agent, had 38 catches for 604 yards

and four touchdowns this regular season. In the four playoff games,

he had five catches for 43 yards. He had two receptions in the

Giants’ 21-17 win over New England on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Ballard made fans quickly forget about former Giants tight end

Kevin Boss, who signed with the Oakland Raiders after the lockout

ended last summer. In the Giants’ 24-20 win over the Patriots on

Nov. 6 in Foxborough, Mass., he had four catches for 67 yards and a

touchdown. In a 27-24 win over Buffalo at home on Oct. 16, he had

his career-best receiving total, 81 yards on five receptions.