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New York Giants Tight End Jake Ballard Required Microfracture Surgery as Well as ACL Surgery

April 11th, 2012 at 6:15 PM
By Kyle Langan

The fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI was a joyous time for every member of the New York Giants, but maybe a bit less so for at least one Giant. Tight end Jake Ballard, initially diagnosed with a torn meniscus, had actually suffered a torn ACL.

As it turns out, he also tore cartilage (according to Jeff Roberts) and required the dreaded microfracture surgery to repair it.

The microfracture surgery could add another six weeks because he has been unable to put weight on the leg, according to Dr. Alexis Colvin, attending orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan.

When Ballard initially injured himself, he knew he was in serious trouble.

"I definitely felt it rip and heard it pop," said the tight end, describing his knee after he had been jammed by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. "I felt like I ripped everything and broke everything.

"But it was the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. I wasn’t not going to try to get back out there."

Ballard will almost surely begin the season on the PUP list as he continues his rehab. The Giants have had a history with the microfracture injury with players such as Jason Sehorn, Steve Smith, and Barry Cofield.

All of them eventually were shown their walking papers as they were determined to be damaged goods. Unfortunate as it is, Ballard could eventually face a similar fate.


Tags: Barry Cofield, Football, Jake Ballard, Jason Seahorn, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve Smith

4 Responses to “New York Giants Tight End Jake Ballard Required Microfracture Surgery as Well as ACL Surgery”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    I’m surprised about all this Osi trade talk. I think that Rivers was traded for to play a sort of hybrid SAM/MIKE role. This move greatly improves our linebacking core, but I don’t think it signifies the end of Osi in blue. I think it just means that we play more with 3 linebackers now that we have three starter-quality coverage backers.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      All well and good. But it definitely DOES mean that the Giants would now be free to:

      1) Decide that at the end of 2012 they are going to focus on Kiwi over Osi since he’s younger and they won’t be able to keep both (a decision I believe they’ve already made);

      2) Be prepared to move Kiwi into the DE rotation NOW rather than wait until next season; and therefore

      3) Feel free to dangle Osi and see what offers they get for him prior to the draft while reserving their options and seeing what the earliest parts of the first round look like and who looks to be dropping among the 2-3 players they have targeted and how far it appears they will drop.

      I don’t think signing Rivers means they WILL trade Osi, but it definitely means they COULD trade him rather than see him just leave after this season. I’d have very mixed feelings about this. I love having him around for a run at another title. But if trading him allows us to get a great draftee whom we would otherwise never touch, that could be a good thing now that we have the option to add Kiwi yo the DE rotation and not lose nearly as much as we would if what we were adding was Tollefson or a rookie.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I hope Ballard can come back from this. He’s a great kid who was instrumental in getting us a title. And he could serve a long-term role on the Giants as an excellent blocker who can take on a receiving role much as he did this season. Paired with someone like Bennett (or Fleener) he would be very effective.

  3.  BBWC says:

    Interesting idea….. I never gave lavonte David much thought as a first rd. pick, see link below.

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