Patriots release Montee Ball, but most thought he wasn’t on the team

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It was believed that the contract of Patriots running back Montee Ball expired on February 1. If it did, the team at some point re-signed him. Because on Tuesday the Patriots released his rights.

The league’s transaction report for Tuesday shows that the Patriots waived Ball, who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

A second-round pick in 2013, Ball entered the 2014 season as the starting running back in Denver. He lost the job during the 2014 season and was cut just before the start of the 2015 regular season.

Ball was arrested February 5 after a dispute with his girlfriend. The waiver of Ball on February 9 indicates he was employed by the Patriots on February 5, which resets the “days without an arrest” meter to that day, just as it was once again approaching 50.

51 responses to “Patriots release Montee Ball, but most thought he wasn’t on the team

  1. Wow. What a fall from grace, this guy WAS the future of Denver running. Ball was just run into the ground in college sadly, he had almost nothing left when he got to the pros.

    – A Broncos Fan

  2. Here come all the jokes about cheating. Come on guys no need to rub it in. You cheat and still can’t win I imagine hurts pretty bad. Especially finishing (i guess you can call it finishing) the season the way they did.

  3. And here I thought they might be making room to buy free agents like other teams will next month. Enjoy the slush fund brady.

  4. orange and blue owns the NFL says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:27 PM
    “Ball was arrested February 5 after a dispute with his girlfriend.”
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    Typical Patriot
    ———

    He never got to play for us but, you actually drafted him.

    Typical Denver Draft.

  5. “Ball was arrested February 5 after a dispute with his girlfriend.”
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    Typical Patriot

    Actually the “his girlfriend” part makes it atypical.

  6. Wow, always those wanting to bash the Patriots…

    What about Peyton’s HGH use?

    Perhaps the who Bronco’s team, look at the speed of that defense, not human like….

  7. Always funny to see a Fins fan talk about cheating Chippy. Or about winning for that matter.

    Well, I guess you usually win the offseason but that’s about it since Shulacheat retired.

  8. Having watched Ball run during his time at UW-Madison, I thought he’d transition to the NFL and be an impactful player. Quite surprised to see how far he’s fallen off the NFL radar. I still think, with the right environment and coaching, he can get back on track. The off-the-field mistakes are a quick way to be out of the league in short order, especially for guys who haven’t produced when given the opportunity. Hope he gets the chance to start again and do it right this time, but sadly for him, it could very well be his last chance to make an NFL roster. Tremendous runner in college, but “dropped the ball” in the pros.

  9. jchipwood says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:26 PM
    Here come all the jokes about cheating. Come on guys no need to rub it in. You cheat and still can’t win I imagine hurts pretty bad. Especially finishing (i guess you can call it finishing) the season the way they did.

    _____

    32 years and counting since the last Miami appearance in the SB. Dang, hope they get to another one before you die.

  10. Chippy likes to troll Patriots articles cuz there’s very little written about the Dolphins after Bullygate. Nobody really gives a hoot about em because they really haven’t been relevant in ages. Hence, Chippys obsession with the pats.

  11. Yes, the Broncos drafted him, then cut him, which is when he got corrupted by the Patriots.
    Just trolling the trolls with all their hgh nonsense. By the way, Harrison still have his ring? You know, the one he got while being juiced out of his skull?

  12. Ahhhh, the hate continues. the Patriots are again poised to make a deep run in next year’s playoffs. and all the haters know it…and it is driving them crazy! I am fine with the Patriots performance. They made it to the AFC title game despite being the most injured team in the NFL. No 1st round pick this spring….no problem. It just means they won’t have to come up with the coin for a first round pick. the Patriots will be in the playoffs again, and the hater gallery you simpletons.

  13. orange and blue owns the NFL says:
    Feb 9, 2016 6:54 PM

    By the way, Harrison still have his ring? You know, the one he got while being juiced out of his skull?
    *****************
    Harrison won his rings before he used HGH. Nice try.

  14. Ball forgot that he’s no longer playing for a Wisconsin team.

    His “Get Out of Jail Free” card doesn’t work in Madison anymore.

    Or in Green Bay.

  15. Chip is just upset that the only way the Dolphins ever get to a SB is as a joke about Marino never winning one.

  16. trina16 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:46 PM
    orange and blue owns the NFL says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:27 PM
    “Ball was arrested February 5 after a dispute with his girlfriend.”
    =========
    Typical Patriot
    ———

    He never got to play for us but, you actually drafted him.

    Typical Denver Draft.
    ————————————————–
    Typical Patriot move……..
    Glean as much info from him to figure out how to beat the BRONCOS, then release him without touching the football.

  17. In addition, according to federal agents and Harrison himself, Harrison received a shipment of HGH, with his name on it, just days before Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004.[6]

    Try again davew128, dude was sweating hgh all game. Kind of makes you wonder if he still would’ve picked Manning and Roethlisberger without all that juice. Hmmmm

  18. Pretty ironic Denver fans making comments on cheating when HGH Manning was their QB . They must have forgotten Von Miller’s cheating on a repeat urine test resulted in his 4 game suspension being increased to 6. On top of that due to Millers cheating the urine test the protocol was changed , changed due to his cheating .
    Yeah real classy Dennver Broncos.
    Plus their super bowl wins in the Elway reign were tainted due to cheating the salary cap!!

  19. Irony: patriots fans in 2016 talking about Manning alleged hgh use while a Colt when Harrison helped them to a super bowl in 2004!!
    Glass houses and all that.

    No mcNair pick, no championship game, no Manning pick, no super bowl, no dynasty.

    One could almost say they have a dynasty built on peds and spying.

  20. Monte Ball was signed by The Patriots on 12/15 2015. He was signed to the Practice Squad. That is his entirety of his relationship wit The Patriots. Period.

  21. jchipwood says:
    Feb 9, 2016 5:26 PM
    Here come all the jokes about cheating. Come on guys no need to rub it in. You cheat and still can’t win I imagine hurts pretty bad. Especially finishing (i guess you can call it finishing) the season the way they did.

    ——————————

    Barely hurts at all considering how well they did with massive injury issues on the O-line. Proud of how close they came. You can repeat your mindless, boring ‘cheat’ chant until you become blue in the face. It won’t help make it true for you or get your team to the playoffs.

    Came within a play or 2 from going back to the Super Bowl–you know that thing the Patriots compete EACH and EVERY year for. I know that’s a foreign concept for Dolphin fans.

    You seem to know pain like no other and it seeps through every sad, trolling post you make. I’m sorry that there aren’t enough Dolphin stories for you to comment on. Good luck with all that.

  22. I am waiting for the Panthers to accuse Denver of cheating as the Denver defense seemed to know which plays the Panthers were going to run, because of how Denver snuffed almost every play the Panthers ran.

    Way to cheat, donkeys.

  23. What a bunch of babies.

    Your team are all cheaters….

    No, *your* team are all cheaters…

    Nuh-uh, it is your team that cheats….

    Our team might have cheated, but your team cheated first, cheaters….

    Every team cheats. Get over it and worry about what happens on the field.

  24. Take it easy on poor chippy. The only way he can feel relevant is throwing shade at the winningest franchise in professional sports over the last 20 years. Not only have his hapless little fishys not gotten to the big dance in over 30 years or won a playoff game in 16 they’ve only made it to the playoffs once in the last 15. Of course that has to be the Pats fault, it can’t have anything to do with how pathetic they are on their own. Big mean Patriots just have to be cheating. After all, in chippyland every little guy is supposed to get a trophy

  25. Get a job chippy. As a taxpayer, I’m tired of footing the bill while you sit around all day taking bong hits and posting spew from 8AM to 11 PM

  26. Season recap: After gloating about the “karma” the Ravens and Colts supposedly received for Deflategate, a world of bad breaks descended upon the Patriots. Proving, no doubt, that the true bad karma belonged in New England over Brady skating justice thanks to Kraft’s buddy the judge.

    Bonus: the Patriots trolls never got to realize their twisted dream of Goodell handing over the Lombardi trophy in shame to Brady. What a pity.

    All of which makes the 2015 season a roaring success!

  27. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Feb 11, 2016 2:13 PM
    Season recap: After gloating about the “karma” the Ravens and Colts supposedly received for Deflategate, a world of bad breaks descended upon the Patriots. Proving, no doubt, that the true bad karma belonged in New England over Brady skating justice thanks to Kraft’s buddy the judge.

    Bonus: the Patriots trolls never got to realize their twisted dream of Goodell handing over the Lombardi trophy in shame to Brady. What a pity.

    All of which makes the 2015 season a roaring success!
    ________________________________________

    Welcome, to Troll Fantasy Island!

    Yes, leave your facts and common sense behind. All the Trolls love it there because you can make accusations and never have to prove anything. There, you can learn how to come up with cute little #s and cheater names like Belicheat! So cute! (When’s the Trophy Ceremony for that?)

    While you’re there please join the other Trolls for a complimentary bowl of Crybaby Soup over at the Loser’s Circle.

    It says a lot that the Trolls think that the Patriots making it to the AFC game…AGAIN, is a Victory on their part!

    Sorry Troll, Patriots are in your kitchen and eating you out of house and home!

    Kiss The RingS!

  28. orange and blue owns the NFL says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:11 PM
    Irony: patriots fans in 2016 talking about Manning alleged hgh use while a Colt when Harrison helped them to a super bowl in 2004!!
    Glass houses and all that.

    No mcNair pick, no championship game, no Manning pick, no super bowl, no dynasty.

    One could almost say they have a dynasty built on peds and spying
    ________________________________________

    Too bad Manning doesn’t have enough integrity to own up to it. Just like a typical Troll…Bash the guy that tells the truth, defend the liars.

    Go do your research on what NFL franchise has been PROVEN cheaters more than any other…Hint: Not the Patriots.

    Run along now Troll….

  29. The season is a roaring success for ‘hater nation’ if the Pats don’t win back to back Super Bowls. Even though they got to the final 4, and gave the Super Bowl champs the most trouble, on the road, in the playoffs. What a pathetic joke.

  30. Guys help me out here… how is that Tom Brady played the whole season and the Patriots didn’t win it all? I thought that was impossible! ‘Cuz like you said, the only thing that stops the Patriots from winning the Bowl is Brady sitting out hurt, right? What gives? I just don’t get it.

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