Giants TE Ballard could miss all of 2012-- Wed Apr 11 12:50 pm --
With knee injury suffered during Super Bowl
Jake Ballard's fourth-quarter injury in the Super Bowl might wind up costing him the entire 2012 season. Jeff Roberts of The Star-Ledger reports that Ballard underwent microfracture surgery in addition to surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. The microfracture procedure could add six weeks or more to a recovery that already figured to put Ballard on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. It's possible Ballard won't make it back this year and he'll surely miss half the season. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:Ballard was an integral component of the Giants' offense in 2011, hauling in 38 for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Offseason acquisition Martellus Bennett, who many analysts thought was underutilized in Dallas playing behind Jason Witten, is likely headed for a career year if the Giants opt to use him as their starting tight end in 2012.