Ball was arrested Feb. 5 after an alleged dispute with his girlfriend in a downtown Madison, Wisconsin, hotel. The Associated Press reported prosecutors charged Ball with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and that the 25-year-old is also facing a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking the same woman five days prior.
Doug Kyed of NESN.com referred to the confusion surrounding Ball's status in New England:
Doug Kyed @DougKyed
Despite Montee Ball's contract expiring with the Patriots on Feb. 1 and never officially being re-signed, he was waived today.2016-2-9 22:11:43
In any event, Ball's apparent re-signing with the Patriots was short-lived.
After producing reasonably well as a rookie in Denver with 559 yards rushing (4.7 yards per catch) and four touchdowns, Ball was in line for a sure starting role as the workhorse of the Broncos backfield.
But a nagging groin injury limited Ball to only five games in 2014, allowing the likes of Ronnie Hillman and especially C.J. Anderson to step up and take over for Denver's rushing attack. Anderson wound up being named to the Pro Bowl.
Even as the Patriots lost Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries in 2015, it wasn't until late in the year the team brought Ball aboard. New England still opted for aging veteran Steven Jackson (32) over Ball, along with James White and Brandon Bolden.
At this juncture, it appears as though Ball is a big draft bust. Given his off-field issues and inability to earn an active roster spot this past year, he could find himself out of football in 2016.