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New York Giants’ Jake Ballard, Travis Beckum Likely to Start 2012 Season on PUP

February 10th, 2012 at 8:20 AM
By Dan Benton

When New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard went down on Sunday night during Super Bowl XLVI, team doctors initially believed he had torn his meniscus. Unfortunately, an MRI later revealed a torn ACL.

"And then (after) the MRI, the doc came in with a look on his face and I just knew it wasn't my meniscus," Ballard said. "So it was pretty frustrating."

Earlier in the game, teammate and fellow tight end Travis Beckum had hit the ground after tearing his ACL as well. The dual injuries left the Giants with only one tight end, Bear Pascoe, who had spent much of the season as a fullback. It also leaves the Giants with only two tight ends (Bear Pascoe – RFA & Christian Hopkins) heading into the offseason.

General Manager Jerry Reese said on Thursday that he expects both players to begin the 2012 NFL season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and with a 12-18 month recovery time, that's almost a certainty.

Still, Ballard, who's an exclusive rights free agent, remains optimistic and hopeful that he can return to the field after only eight months of recovery and rehab.

"I definitely don't want to go out there too early and hurt it again," he said, "so if I get eight, nine months to prepare, I'm fine with that. … Clint Sintim came back too early and he might not have been ready and he hurt it again. So we're going to play it by ear and I'm going to bust my butt to try and make it by the beginning of the season."

Several of Ballard's teammates, including cornerback Terrell Thomas, had also suffered ACL injuries last season. Thomas tore his in a preseason victory over the Chicago Bears on August 22nd and just began running this past week – six months later. His goal is to be ready to play by week one of the 2012 regular season (almost 13 months after the initial injury).

All of these ACL-related injuries are poised to impact the Giants in 2012.

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39 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jake Ballard, Travis Beckum Likely to Start 2012 Season on PUP”

  1.  The Original G Man says:

    2012 Salary Cap Projections:

    http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/2012/02/nfl-salary-cap-projections-for-2012-season.html

    “The salary cap for 2012 has not been set, but it is projected to be between $121-125 million, with teams being able to borrow another $2 million from future caps. Therefore, we’ll safely project the salary cap to be at $124 million in ’12. ”

    POSSIBLE BIG SPENDERS
    Teams that have the cap space to make big moves in free agency.

    Cincinnati Bengals $80,641,237
    Tennessee Titans $92,739,765
    Washington Redskins $94,351,284
    Kansas City Chiefs $95,844,195
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers $98,899,458
    Atlanta Falcons $100,227,174
    Denver Broncos $101,389,121
    New England Patriots $101,827,381
    Chicago Bears $101,887,741
    San Francisco 49ers $102,938,980
    Cleveland Browns $103,789,162

    WORKING ON A BUDGET
    Teams that aren’t up against the cap, but need to make smart moves to avoid trimming a ton of players and salaries.

    Jacksonville Jaguars $107,270,274
    Buffalo Bills $108,426,522
    Seattle Seahawks $111,742,430
    San Diego Chargers $111,960,165
    New Orleans Saints $113,358,069
    Philadelphia Eagles $113,964,694
    Baltimore Ravens $115,670,281
    Minnesota Vikings $116,078,422
    Houston Texans $116,306,676
    Miami Dolphins $116,636,173
    Indianapolis Colts $116,773,288
    Green Bay Packers $118,001,169
    Arizona Cardinals $118,787,639

    TIGHTENING THE BELT
    Teams that will be at, or over the projected salary cap once they’ve signed the rookie class. These teams must purge their roster moving forward. The higher the cap number, the more drastic the cut backs need to be.

    St. Louis Rams $120,982,904
    Detroit Lions $122,760,121
    New York Giants $124,735,807
    New York Jets $128,092,733
    Dallas Cowboys $128,910,735
    Carolina Panthers $129,962,768
    Oakland Raiders $140,861,316
    Pittsburgh Steelers $149,885,537

    • Chad EldredChad says:

      I’m a little surprised that the Bills have that high of a number. I never would have guessed that the Bills were closer to the ceiling than the Redskins.

      • Jim StollJim Stoll says:

        great post.
        here’s the actual breakdown by player:

        2012 2013 2014
        Quarterbacks:
        Eli Manning 10,750,000
        David Carr UFA
        Ryan Perrilloux 390,000
        Halfbacks:
        Ahmad Bradshaw 3,000,000
        Brandon Jacobs 4,400,000
        D.J. Ware 650,000
        Da’Rel Scott 465,000
        Andre Brown 465,000
        Fullbacks:
        Henry Hynoski 465,000
        Wide Receivers:
        Hakeem Nicks 750,000
        Victor Cruz 490,000
        Mario Manningham UFA
        Ramses Barden 615,000
        Devin Thomas UFA
        Jerrel Jernigan 465,000
        Domenik Hixon UFA
        Michael Clayton UFA
        Dan DePalma 390,000
        Isaiah Stanback 615,000
        Tight Ends/H-Backs:
        Jake Ballard ERFA
        Bear Pascoe RFA
        Christian Hopkins 390,000
        Offensive Linemen:
        William Beatty 565,000
        David Diehl 3,825,000
        Kareem McKenzie UFA
        James Brewer 465,000
        Tony Ugoh UFA
        Stacy Andrews UFA
        Selvish Capers 390,000
        Chris Snee 5,700,000
        Kevin Boothe 1,500,000
        Mitch Petrus 490,000
        David Baas 3,000,000
        Jim Cordle 465,000
        Defensive Linemen:
        Justin Tuck 3,200,000
        Osi Umenyiora 3,975,000
        Jason Pierre-Paul 825,00
        Dave Tollefson UFA
        Justin Trattou 465,000
        Chris Canty 6,000,000
        Linval Joseph 490,000
        Marvin Austin 546,627
        Rocky Bernard UFA
        Jimmy Kennedy UFA
        Dwayne Hendricks 465,000
        Martin Parker 465,000
        Linebackers:
        Mathias Kiwanuka 4,000,000
        Michael Boley 4,000,000
        Jonathan Goff UFA
        Chase Blackburn UFA
        Jacquian Williams 465,000
        Greg Jones 465,000 555,000
        Spencer Paysinger 465,000
        Mark Herzlich 465,000
        Adrian Tracy 390,000
        Clint Sintim 565,000
        Defensive Backs:
        Corey Webster 6,500,000
        Terrell Thomas UFA
        Aaron Ross UFA
        Prince Amukamara 746,859
        Justin Tryon UFA
        Michael Coe UFA
        Brian Witherspoon 565,000
        Bruce Johnson ERFA
        Will Blackmon UFA
        Brandon Bing N/A
        Antrel Rolle 6,750,000
        Kenny Phillips 2,080,000
        Deon Grant UFA
        Tyler Sash 465,000
        Derrick Martin UFA
        Chad Jones 490,000
        Kickers and Snappers:
        Steve Weatherford UFA
        Lawrence Tynes 1,300,000
        Zak DeOssie 874,000

        •  Krow says:

          Poor Brandon … he really jumps out at ya.

        •  Starks in Tampa says:

          its amazing looking at this list and seeing the differences…tuck only making 4mil? crazy considering how important he is to us….what this tells me is that NFL players get paid crap when compared to other sports leagues, unles your an Eli, Brees, Rodgers etc….the NFL is an amazing company by that I mean they are extremely smart business men, extremely!!!! Look at what they are paying these guys…lol….the NFL is raking it!

          •  The Original G Man says:

            Eh, some of those numbers are misleading. Some guys may have had huge bonuses, or their annual salaries are tiered so they go up (or down) each year, etc.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    So, the Raiders don’t have a single draft pick until Day freakin’ 3 of the draft *AND* they’re $16M over the cap? Explains them cutting Routt yesterday.

    (I half wonder if Kevin Boss could be a cap casualty as well … )

  3.  jfunk says:

    I think these guys are 99% likely to go on PUP and about 90% likely to go from there to IR. Travis Beckum probably gets an injury settlement and release.

    Going to be some tough decisions to make on this roster. It’s hard to see how Jacobs can be back. Canty & Rolle will need to renegotiate to get those cap numbers down.

    • Jim StollJim Stoll says:

      Rolle does not seem like a renegotiation type.

      But look at the dollars tied up in snee, Diehl and Baas.

  4.  giantsfan says:

    Wow that list shows some tough decisions up ahead.

    I really can’t see how Jacobs stay with this team. At this point, Jacobs isnt worth much more than 1.5mil at most. I just don’t see them negotiating down to that level. Sad but true.

    Canty had a great year, but wow, grossly overpaid.

    No one else really jumps out to me. There are a lot of bench guys that can be cut though, that can save a few mils.

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    I’ve resorted the salary numbers from highest to lowest:

    Eli Manning 10,750,000
    Antrel Rolle 6,750,000
    Corey Webster 6,500,000
    Chris Canty 6,000,000
    Chris Snee 5,700,000
    Brandon Jacobs 4,400,000
    Mathias Kiwanuka 4,000,000
    Michael Boley 4,000,000
    Osi Umenyiora 3,975,000
    David Diehl 3,825,000
    Justin Tuck 3,200,000
    Ahmad Bradshaw 3,000,000
    David Baas 3,000,000
    Kenny Phillips 2,080,000
    Kevin Boothe 1,500,000
    Lawrence Tynes 1,300,000
    Zak DeOssie 874,000
    Jason Pierre-Paul 825,000
    Hakeem Nicks 750,000
    Prince Amukamara 746,859
    D.J. Ware 650,000
    Ramses Barden 615,000
    Isaiah Stanback 615,000
    William Beatty 565,000
    Clint Sintim 565,000
    Brian Witherspoon 565,000
    Marvin Austin 546,627
    Victor Cruz 490,000
    Mitch Petrus 490,000
    Linval Joseph 490,000
    Chad Jones 490,000
    Da’Rel Scott 465,000
    Andre Brown 465,000
    Henry Hynoski 465,000
    Jerrel Jernigan 465,000
    James Brewer 465,000
    Jim Cordle 465,000
    Justin Trattou 465,000
    Dwayne Hendricks 465,000
    Martin Parker 465,000
    Jacquian Williams 465,000
    Greg Jones 465,000
    Spencer Paysinger 465,000
    Mark Herzlich 465,000
    Tyler Sash 465,000
    Ryan Perrilloux 390,000
    Dan DePalma 390,000
    Christian Hopkins 390,000
    Selvish Capers 390,000
    Adrian Tracy 390,000
    David Carr UFA
    Mario Manningham UFA
    Devin Thomas UFA
    Domenik Hixon UFA
    Michael Clayton UFA
    Kareem McKenzie UFA
    Tony Ugoh UFA
    Stacy Andrews UFA
    Dave Tollefson UFA
    Rocky Bernard UFA
    Jimmy Kennedy UFA
    Jonathan Goff UFA
    Chase Blackburn UFA
    Terrell Thomas UFA
    Aaron Ross UFA
    Justin Tryon UFA
    Michael Coe UFA
    Will Blackmon UFA
    Deon Grant UFA
    Derrick Martin UFA
    Steve Weatherford UFA
    Bear Pascoe RFA
    Brandon Bing N/A
    Jake Ballard ERFA
    Bruce Johnson ERFA

  6.  TuckThis says:

    And Weatherford will definitely be getting a new contract. add that in.

  7.  The Original G Man says:

    Zak DeOssie 874,000

    Moral of the story? Go to school, study hard, and learn how to be a long snapper, boys and girls.

  8.  The Original G Man says:

    FYI – The total salaries for all those guys amounts to $87.7M

    •  giantsfan says:

      If that is the case, why is our projected cap space 124k? I don’t believe the new draft class can take up 60k?????

  9.  JaredL says:

    Given the magic and the success, it will just be difficult to see any of these guys leave. I agree BJ and maybe Ware too will probably go. The other name that stands out on this list is Canty. He is good, but is he worth a 6 million dollar hit compared to all of the others that need to be retained and paid?

    How about those Patriots. They have almost 24 million to spend, two first round picks, and two second rounders. Odds are they will be back in the big game next year.

  10. Jim StollJim Stoll says:

    Here’s what I want to know:

    who’s Martin Parker 465,000; Dan DePalma 390,000; and Selvish Capers 390,000?

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