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Jake Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl


The Giants are going to need to add a couple of tight ends this offseason.

While the team was wrapping up their dual celebrations in Manhattan and East Rutherford on Tuesday afternoon, they announced that tight end Jake Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Super Bowl. Ballard was helped off the field and cameras caught him on the sideline as he tried to run, an attempt that ended with a spill into the arms of a member of the team’s medical staff. The team made the announcement via Twitter without any treatment details, but Ballard, who also has a partially torn PCL in his other knee, will have to have surgery and face a long rehab that will keep him out of action for quite a while.

The same is true of Ballard’s fellow tight end Travis Beckum, who also tore an ACL during the victory over the Patriots. Having the injury so late in the year means that the Giants can’t really count on either player for the start of next season. That should make tight end a priority for the champs during free agency and the draft as Bear Pascoe is the only other tight end currently on the roster.

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29 Responses to “Jake Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl”
  1. weswelkerspornstash says: Feb 7, 2012 5:06 PM

    Shockey might be available

  2. carlsaganist says: Feb 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    I am a Pats fan, but when they replayed him trying to make a cut on the sideline to get back in the game. I was feeling bad for him. Ballard is a soldier. hope he can recover from this.

  3. blacknole08 says: Feb 7, 2012 5:12 PM

    Even though I wanted the Pats to win it was heartbreaking to see Ballard on the sideline trying to run on that knee and hobbling in pain. He’s a true warrior for even trying to come back into the game. I respect his competitive spirit.

  4. jdandcoke says: Feb 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    i guess fleener and allen just moved up several spots on the giants draft board. john carlson is also a possibility.

    ballard and beckum probably wont be ready until mid-october at the earliest.

  5. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 7, 2012 5:16 PM

    Wow must be a tough guy. PFT wrote earlier that he was at an after party with Katy Perry(among other players).

  6. chrisexv6 says: Feb 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    Did he tear it BEFORE trying to make that cut on the sideline, or during/after?

  7. jagsfan1 says: Feb 7, 2012 5:20 PM

    At least it didn’t happen in pre-season. I bet if you asked every player in NFL would you take a torn ACL in a Super Bowl victory – most if not all would say yes…except Gronk Head – because how can you dance after you lose with a torn acl?

  8. east96st says: Feb 7, 2012 5:22 PM

    Ballard played a small but nevertheless critical role in the Giants even making it to the postseason. He had a knack for making damn near impossible catches at critical moments. Here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery. You earned your ring, Jake, and then some. Wear it with pride.

  9. bspurloc says: Feb 7, 2012 5:25 PM

    cringed seeing him try to run with a tear….
    too much adrenaline!!

    hopefully he can heal quickly so the giants dont try to drop him like Alford blah….

  10. nygdefenserules says: Feb 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    Osi for Gronkowski….straight up!

  11. DonRSD says: Feb 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Tack on another injury(s) we have to overcome.
    No excuses. We aren’t women.

  12. tombradysponytail says: Feb 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    Packers should trade them Jermichael Finley for Ahmad Bradshaw…..

  13. duanethomas says: Feb 7, 2012 5:58 PM

    That’s why there should be a independent doctor on the sidelines. Colt McCoy and watching this kid try to perform for the team trainers and doctors on the sideline. They’ve seen hundreds of torn knees and had to know this kid was done. Then when he goes down, no one ran to his aide they were all watching the play on the field.

  14. jakek2 says: Feb 7, 2012 6:02 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Feb 7, 2012 5:40 PM
    Packers should trade them Jermichael Finley for Ahmad Bradshaw…..
    I wouldn’t want Finley for Bradshaw’s grandma. GB can keep that whining butterfingered fool.

  15. jakek2 says: Feb 7, 2012 6:04 PM

    I feel bad for Ballard but we don’t need some stud receiving TE. Keep the big 3 intact and we’re good to go. Bear can block good enough.

  16. jc327 says: Feb 7, 2012 6:07 PM

    That’s what I said it was when it happened.

    Somebody oughta pay me something.

  17. shackdelrio says: Feb 7, 2012 6:23 PM

    At least we know what position they’ll be taking in April.

  18. tuckyous says: Feb 7, 2012 7:00 PM

    Wouldn’t mind Fleener, but doubt he’s around in the 2nd when we pick. Allen… eh. Seems like most/the rest of this years TE class are either receivers or blockers, and not both.

  19. annes22 says: Feb 7, 2012 7:13 PM

    That’s too bad for Ballard. A partial tear in one knee, and now an ACL in the other. That’s going to take for ever to rehab.
    Good player too, I’m sorry.

  20. 2sausage11 says: Feb 7, 2012 7:33 PM

    nygdefenserules says:
    Feb 7, 2012 5:33 PM
    Osi for Gronkowski….straight up!

    Dan Gronkowski maybe but you would have to throw in some picks

  21. lemmam says: Feb 7, 2012 8:33 PM

    I recall reading some posts yesterday that Ballard was being a drama queen while he was testing his knee on the sideline. I would venture to say 90% + of the posters here play fantasy football and also play with themselves. They have no clue when it comes to real football.

  22. lemmam says: Feb 7, 2012 8:36 PM

    Of course Ballard’s a ‘soldier’ and a tough son of a gun, he’s a Buckeye

  23. vikesfan4life says: Feb 7, 2012 9:03 PM

    Why not Visanthe Shiancoe? He’ll be a free agent and more than likely won’t be returning to the Vikings. Plus he is a former Giant. Seems to me that it would be a perfect fit.

  24. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 7, 2012 9:14 PM

    He can ice it with his new ring.

  25. rugdaniels says: Feb 7, 2012 9:19 PM

    Lets get the kid out of Stanford, Fleener

  26. vicioustackle says: Feb 8, 2012 12:29 AM

    This will put new priorities into play for the Giant’s draft, free agency and trade options.

    With both Beckum AND Ballard gone, the upgrade need for offensive line help, a running back, and a possible replacement for Osi will now have to share in the hunt for a quality TE or two.

    All the best for a full recovery for these two gamers!

  27. nannymcsack says: Feb 8, 2012 12:59 AM

    if by duringthegame you mean onthesidelinestrying totestastrainedacl then yes, he tore it duringthegame. no blame whatsoever to the giants medical staff, not that it mattered

  28. vikingdoode says: Feb 8, 2012 7:38 AM

    Prolly can get Vasante Shankoue….lol

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:44 PM


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