The NYPD had barely begun to sweep the streets through the Canyon of Heroes following the New York Giants Super Bowl parade before the bad news began rolling in for their title defense.
Tight end Jake Ballard, who had a breakout sophomore season with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns, suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl, according to the Giants official Twitter account.
However, most ACL injuries take a year to fully heal.
How does this affect the team going forward?
Should the Giants pursue a tight end in the offseason?
That being said, the Giants don't utilize their tight ends as much for their receiving ability as their blocking prowess, so they should be okay to get by with Beckum and Pascoe for 2012.
And with pass catching threats like Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham at his disposal, Manning won't want for offensive firepower anytime soon.