Will Jake Ballard Ever Recover and Play for the New York Giants Again?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJune 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants is attended by the training staff during the game against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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On Monday, it was reported that the Giants had to make a very tough roster move for 2012.

The Giants waived tight end Jake Ballard after the tight end failed his physical on Monday with the team.

Ballard is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during Super Bowl XLVI, which required micro-fracture surgery and there's a very good chance that Ballard may be out for the entire 2012 season.

Ballard will have to clear waivers first, and given the severity of the injury that will likely happen, the tight end would like to return to the Giants.


Thanks for love everyone but don't worry, its a business, I'm on the road to recovery, and I believe I'll be in a Giants uniform in '13

— Jake ballard (@NYG_J_Ballard85) June 11, 2012


Because Ballard is already looking towards 2013, that doesn't look like a good sign and I honestly wouldn't expect him to be in a uniform for the 2012 season.

If Ballard does get through waivers, it's expected that the Giants may re-sign him and work with him and help him on his recovery from the knee surgery and prepare him for the 2013 season.

Ballard emerged as the starting tight end for the Giants in the 2011 season, starting in 13 games and catching 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns.

Many fans will remember the great play Ballard made diving in the end-zone to score the winning touchdown for the Giants against the Patriots back on November 6.

Fans will also remember seeing Ballard trying to get back onto the field, attempting to make cuts on the sidelines and then crumbling to the turf in pain.

I remember that night looking on in horror because I knew how much pain Ballard was in, but I also gained a lot of respect for him for attempting to get back on the field with a devastating injury.

But the two biggest questions come from this situation. Can Ballard fully recover and will he play for the Giants again?

Ballard is going to have a long year ahead of him recovering from the surgery with extensive rehab, but I think he can recover with a year off.

If he can recover and get back to the level that he was playing with the Giants in 2011, I see no reason why the Giants wouldn't bring him back for 2013.

The Giants brought in Martellus Bennett on a one-year deal to compete for the starting spot although he's no sure thing, especially coming into OTA's 30 pounds heavier than his usual playing weight.

A lot of Giants fans expressed their displeasure in the Giants move to waive Ballard through Twitter, which is why Ballard responded the way he did on Monday with his post.

But with Ballard's positive attitude and desire to play again, I think the 24-year-old will be back in the NFL catching passes for the Giants in the near future.

I'm sure many Giants fans all over share the same feeling as I do and sincerely hope Ballard can fully recover and get back with the Giants for the 2013 season.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.