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Dave Ball | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 5 (133) / SD
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Impending free agent DE Dave Ball acknowledged that his career may be over due to recurring concussions.
Ball nearly retired in November of 2011 due to concussions. He suffered yet another in training camp and didn't play a down in 2012. 32-year-old Ball is not under contract for 2013 and conceded the Titans won't be re-signing him. Mon, Dec 31, 2012 02:33:00 PM

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Titans placed DE Dave Ball on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

This could be it for Ball, who nearly retired last November thanks to his lengthy concussion history. His latest concussion came in the first week of camp, and he never returned to practice. If the 2004 fifth-round pick's career is indeed through, he'll go out with 123 tackles and 15.5 sacks across 72 games.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 05:50:00 PM

Titans DE Dave Ball suffered a concussion in last Thursday's camp practice and has been experiencing headaches since.

Ball nearly retired last November due to a lengthy concussion history, and the Titans' medical staff is "closely" evaluating him. Ball also admitted he suffered "a number" of concussions during the 2010 season. His status is uncertain.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 06:03:00 PM

The Titans would like to limit recently re-signed DE Dave Ball to 30-35 snaps per game in 2012.

"(Coach Mike Munchak) kind of told me he wanted me to play less snaps and be more effective by doing that," Ball said. "So I would be fresher the whole year and be more effective. That’s cool with me." Averaging 47.4 snaps, Ball notched 55 tackles and four sacks in 14 games last season, but graded out as one of the league's poorer 4-3 ends by Pro Football Focus. The Titans have the right idea.
Sat, Apr 14, 2012 12:43:00 PM

Titans re-signed DE Dave Ball to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Ball didn't attract serious interest on the open market after concussion issues led him to contemplate retirement at mid-season in 2011. The 31-year-old will return as a situational pass rusher after recording 36 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles last season.
Thu, Apr 12, 2012 03:43:00 PM

The Titans remain in contact with free agent DE Dave Ball, who would like to return to Tennessee.

The situational pass rusher is supposedly "considering other teams," but hasn't lined up any visits since the beginning of free agency. Unless Ball's market unexpectedly heats up, he'll likely be returning to Tennessee on a bargain-basement deal.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 12:14:00 PM

The player rep for free agent DE Dave Ball "isn't sure" if the Titans will make Ball an offer before the beginning of free agency on Tuesday.

Ball has long been expected to hit the open market, and will only be back in Tennessee if he fits the Titans' budget. Despite struggling through another concussion last season, Ball managed to tally 36 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles as a situational pass rusher.
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 06:01:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Ball insists his concussion issues are behind him.

"After I was able to play the rest of the season after those concussion issues, and was able to be fine, (retirement isn't) something I thought about much more," Ball said. "I just know now I am feeling good, feeling healthy, and feeling like I am ready to contribute again somewhere." Although he hopes to re-sign with the Titans, Ball expects to reach the open market.
Sat, Mar 3, 2012 01:30:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Ball expects to hit the open market on March 13.

Ball would like to return to the Titans after briefly considering retirement due to concussions last season. Tennessee will let him set his value on the market before considering a reunion.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 03:15:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Ball plans to play in 2012.

Ball briefly considered retirement after suffering another concussion last November, but isn't ready to hang up his cleats. Playing as a situational pass rusher, Ball tallied 36 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 games (eight starts) for the Titans in 2011. He's spent the past four years in Tennessee.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 11:44:00 AM

Titans DE Dave Ball revealed that he considered retirement following his latest concussion, suffered in Week 9.

Ball has been plagued by concussions throughout his football career, suffering "a number" of them last season. "I thought of it, but I am not at that point yet,’’ he said. "It’ll take a couple of more hard knocks before they can knock (me) out of there." Ball has been ruled out for Week 11, but hopes to return in Week 12. He has 18 tackles and a sack on the season.
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 03:09:00 PM

Titans DE Dave Ball sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Ball has 18 tackles and one sack this season as a rotational end. His status for next week's game against the Panthers is unclear.
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 09:10:00 AM

Titans re-signed DE Dave Ball to a one-year contract.

The Eagles were expected to make a run at Ball, but they ended up signing Jason Babin instead. Ball, 30, is coming off a career-high 7.5 sacks in just 11 games. He spent the offseason bulking up to better fit new defensive coordinator Jerry Gray's scheme.
Mon, Aug 1, 2011 06:37:00 PM

Eagles personnel sources say the team may target free agent Dave Ball if it isn't able to pin down fellow ex-Titan Jason Babin.

Like Babin, Ball played last season under new Eagles line coach Jim Washburn in Tennessee and had the most productive year of his career. Ball is a second- or third-tier pass rusher, and the Ray Edwards domino hasn't fallen yet. Ball may come relatively cheaply once teams begin to run out of money.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 10:46:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Ball has added 10 pounds to better fit the Titans' new defensive system.

"I have been trying to do that because I do want to come back here," said Ball. "... They said, 'We're looking for bigger defenders.' Okay, I'll try to get bigger. I want to be here." The Titans want Ball back after a career-high 7.5 sacks last season, so a deal should be worked out eventually.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 12:06:00 PM

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