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.