Jake Ballard had microfracture surgery

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The timeline for Giants tight end Jake Ballard’s return to action is a little longer than originally expected.

Ballard was already a good bet to start the year on the PUP list because of the torn ACL he suffered during the Super Bowl, but he also needs to recover from microfracture surgery performed to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee. Ballard told Jeff Roberts of the Bergen Record that he thinks the cartilage injury came when he tried to get back on the field after originally injuring the knee during the fourth quarter of the win over the Patriots.

“I definitely felt it rip and heard it pop. I felt like I ripped everything and broke everything,” Ballard said of the on-field injury. “My knee just collapsed, I definitely tore [my ACL] on the field. I’d say [the cartilage damage] probably happened on the sideline from trying to run with no ACL. But I don’t regret trying to get back in the game. It’s the biggest game in any football player’s career.”

Ballard was though to need eight to nine months to recover from the torn ACL and, per Roberts, the microfracture surgery adds another six weeks to the recovery time. That puts his ability to return at all during the 2012 season into doubt and the magnitude of the injury means it won’t be easy for Ballard to come all the way back in future seasons.

The Giants are also dealing with Travis Beckum’s recovery from his own torn ACL. They signed Martellus Bennett as a free agent, but they will likely still be in the market for help at tight end before the start of training camp.

12 responses to “Jake Ballard had microfracture surgery

  1. “The Giants are also dealing with Travis Beckum’s recovery from his own torn ACL.”

    As opposed to recovering from someone elses?

    Cheers, BostonTim

  2. Not a NYG fan at all..but wish this guy best of luck..watching him try to run on the sidelines was heartbreaking..

  3. Doesn’t matter who the Giants have at Tight End, Mike Pope is one of the best TE coaches and will make any player better (i.e. Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard)

  4. I hope Jake doesn’t lose any speed, he really can’t afford to… Get well Jake (go buckeyes).

  5. Dang he was on his way to being a really productive TE for us guess we will see u in 2 years that is the normal recovery time for this injury just ask Kenny Phillips…

  6. I’ll never forget this poor prik running down the sidelines in the SB only to collapse in pain. Tough son of a gun.

  7. Please, Giants — stay away from drafting a TE in anywhere in the first three rounds. There are other, more pressing needs — ILB, for one.

  8. This is bigger loss than most people think. Had Ballard not made a number of absolutely key catches throughout the season, no chance NY even gets into the playoffs. Wish the guy nothing but the best and a speedy and full recovery. There are always a few guys on each Super Bowl team that are just along for the ride and don’t really earn their ring. NO one can question Ballard’s ring. He earned it many times over.

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