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Ben Patrick Ends Retirement; Reinstated by NFL and Released by New York Giants

September 16th, 2011 at 7:32 AM
By Dan Benton

Ben Patrick's sudden and unexpected retirement came to an end yesterday as the tight end was reinstated by the NFL.

“Today, I got reinstated by the NFL,” Patrick said. “My agent just texted me. That officially ends my retirement, and pretty much at this point I’ll be kind of starting over. I’m waiting for a team to give me a call.”

The reason Patrick will be "waiting for a team to call" is because promptly after being reinstated, he was released by the New York Giants.

“(The Giants) had the rights to me, but upon my reinstatement they had to release their rights,” Patrick said late last night. “I don’t know what the next recourse is. This just happened about 30 or 45 minutes ago. The season is in full swing. I’ve got to wait and see what teams need."

Not that Patrick is the answer at tight end, but it looks like the Giants are going to stay the course with Travis Beckum (two injured hamstrings), Jake Ballard (also a little banged up) and Bear Pascoe. However, Patrick hasn't ruled out a potential return to Big Blue.

“The biggest step was just getting back reinstated,” he said. “Now I have to start at the bottom and climb my way back up. At this point, there’s no sense in being choosy. If there’s an opportunity, it would be good. It doesn’t matter if it’s with the Giants, the Browns, the Seahawks. It really doesn’t matter. It’s an opportunity to get back on the field.”

Whatever the case may be, it's just good to hear Patrick has dealt with the unfortunately personal/family issues that led to his sudden retirement back in early August.

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