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Patriots Claim Former Giants TE Jake Ballard

The Patriots have claimed TE Jake Ballard off waivers from the Giants.

Ballard tore his ACL in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI victory against the Patriots. The Giants announced Ballard failed his physical before they cut him. It was believed the Giants intended to place Ballard on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list if Ballard cleared waivers.

At this point, it’s unclear if Ballard will recover in time to play in 2012. The Ohio State product went undrafted in 2010, and his contract expires after the 2012 season. Regardless of Ballard’s status for the upcoming season, he’ll remain under the Patriots’ control next offseason.


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