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.
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