Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/11/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 16: DeShaun Foster #26 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Rocky Bernard #99 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Bank of America Stadium on December 16, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolina defeated Seattle 13-10. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have re-signed defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. In order to make room for Bernard, the team waived tight end Jake Ballard, who suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in Super Bowl XLVI. He was unable to pass the team's pre-training camp physical, which was conducted today.

Considering Ballard is at least a year away from returning, it's possible the decision to waive him is procedural. It was never expected that he'd be able to pass a physical this early into his rehab, so if (and when) he clears waivers, he'll likely be brought back in some fashion – whether it's being placed on Injured Reserve (IR) or in another capacity that allows him to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Bernard, meanwhile, will return to Big Blue for his fourth season with the team and 11th overall.

In 16 games with the Giants a season ago, Bernard collected 30 tackles, forced one fumble and batted down three passes. After two relatively sub-par years with the team prior, 2011 was considered his best as a Giant. In 2012, he'll assume a leadership role as he helps mentor Big Blue's younger defensive tackles, which includes the returning Marvin Austin and rookie Markus Kuhn.

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