Found August 05, 2013 on My Sports Rumors:
Just a week or so ago it looked like New England Patriots tight end Jake Ballard was almost healthy and ready to rock & roll for the tight end needy Pats. Unfortunately that progress he had has slowed to a halt, so much that he was held out of practice on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it’s a small setback because the Patriots need him in a bad way. Ballard is having problems returning from knee surgery. The former Giant was expected to move in and provide a big boost at tight end after sitting out all of last season with injuries suffered in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots. Early in on camp, Ballard took part in drills and seemed to be nearing full health. He spoke about how optimistic he was. However, he has been slowed over the last several days and has not moved as well as he did at the start of training camp. On Saturday, the team kept him out of the scrimmage, obviously not a good sign. With Rob Gronkowski not ready to play, Ballard is the team’s most talented tight end. It would hurt not to have him ready to go. (Providence Journal) Ballard sat out the entire 2012 season after tearing his ACL and needing microfracture surgery. Setbacks are to be expected but this is going on for about a year and a half now as Ballard had the surgery in April of 2012. The Patriots are smart for taking it easy on him though as microfracture surgery is tough to come back from. Over the years it’s seemed like an all or nothing type recovery. You’re either out of the league in a year or so OR you return to top form and don’t miss a beat. For Jake it’s still up in the air on which it is for him. The post Jake Ballard still struggling with knee appeared first on My Sports Rumors.

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