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Alan Ball | Defensive Back

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 197
College: Illinois
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Jaguars placed CB Alan Ball on injured reserve with a bicep injury, ending his season.
Ball hurt the bicep in Week 7 against the Browns. He likely tore the muscle. Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray are the starters on the outside for the Jaguars. Slot CB Will Blackmon is also hurt, so second-year CB Jeremy Harris will fill in as the No. 3. Ball was a top-19 cover corner in Pro Football Focus' rankings in 2013, but was near the bottom of the list through eight weeks this season. He's scheduled to be a free agent in the spring. Oct 29 - 10:47 AM

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Jaguars CB Alan Ball (bicep) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Ball missed practice Wednesday to get a second opinion on the injury, never a good sign. The Jags may have to turn to another mediocre corner in Dwayne Gratz opposite Demetrius McCray.
Oct 23 - 8:57 AM

Jaguars CB Alan Ball (groin) is active for Week 2 against the Raiders.

Marcedes Lewis (calf) is inactive. The Jags would have been without both starting corners had Ball been out, as Dwayne Gratz (ankle) remains sidelined. Also inactive for the Jaguars are QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Mike Brown, LB J.T. Thomas, DT Abry Jones and CB Marcus Burley.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Jaguars CB Alan Ball (groin) is a game-time decision for Week 2.

Ball suffered a groin injury in Thursday's practice and is officially listed as questionable. With Dwayne Gratz (ankle) also sidelined, the Jaguars could be forced to start both Will Blackmon and Mike Harris this week.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 07:12:00 PM

Jaguars CB Alan Ball suffered a groin injury in Thursday's practice.

The Jags' No. 1 cornerback, it means Ball could join fellow starter Dwayne Gratz (high-ankle sprain) on the sideline in Oakland this weekend. The Jaguars could be forced to go with Mike Harris or Will Blackmon as they look for ways to slow down dual-threat Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor. Sunday could be Oakland's best shot at a victory this season.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 03:42:00 PM

"As of now," Alan Ball is the Jaguars' No. 1 cornerback.

Per beat writer Ryan O'Halloran, Ball has made the "right kind of impression" in OTAs. That's all good and well, but now 28, Ball played just 85 snaps for the Texans last season. His apparent ascension to No. 1 cornerback speaks to how thin the Jags' secondary is. With Ball apparently locked into a starting job, third-rounder Dwayne Gratz and Marcus Trufant will compete for the other outside job with Mike Harris manning the slot.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 08:34:00 AM

Jaguars.com suggests CB Alan Ball is heading into OTAs as a starter.

Ball, 28, signed a two-year, $2 million contract and has the ability to play both corner and safety. He also has the size -- 6-foot-2, 197 -- that coach Gus Bradley likes in press-man cornerbacks. Two of Ball, third-rounder Dwayne Gratz, and Marcus Trufant will likely start on the outside with 2012 sixth-rounder Mike Harris covering the slot.
Source: jaguars.com
Sun, May 12, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Jaguars signed DB Alan Ball, formerly of the Texans.

Ball can play safety and corner, but he isn't particularly good at either spot. His signing is purely a depth move, and he'll compete for a job in camp.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Free agent DB Alan Ball will visit the Jaguars.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Jags are officially on the board. Ball's visit will mark their first known movement in the free agency. He's a backup-caliber versatile veteran that played corner for the Texans but also has experience at safety.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Texans declared CB Alan Ball (foot) inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Vikings.

Ball hasn't played since going down against the Lions on Thanksgiving. It's not a huge concern with Jonathan Joseph (hamstring, groin) back healthy. The Texans will be going all-out Sunday in an effort to clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed. They could very well rest their stars in Week 17. The rest of their inactives: DB Quintin Demps, CB Stanford Routt, OL Antoine Caldwell, OL Andrew Gardner, OG Cody White and DL Terrell McClain.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Texans CB Alan Ball (foot) did not practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday Night Football.

Ball saw extensive playing time last week with Jonathan Joseph (hamstring, groin) sidelined, but has been primarily limited to sub-packages with the Texans this season. He won't be needed this week with Joseph expected to return. Brandon Harris or newly signed CB Stanford Routt will likely handle nickel duties. Brice McCain (broken foot) is on injured reserve.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 07:18:00 PM

Newly-signed Alan Ball will play cornerback for the Texans.

The 27-year-old has been back and forth between safety and cornerback over the last few seasons, but he'll focus on the latter with Houston. Ball will compete with Brandon Harris, Sherrick McManis, and Roc Carmichael for a roster spot.
Sun, Jun 10, 2012 02:54:00 PM

Texans agreed to terms with CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Cowboys.

Ball drew a look from the Vikings the first week of free agency, but was otherwise greeted by a frigid market after being one of the worst offenders in Dallas' horrendous secondary last season. Ball is still only 27, however, and just two years removed from starting 16 games at free safety. If he makes the team, he'll be a versatile insurance policy in Houston's secondary.
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 04:13:00 PM

The Vikings are interested in free agent CB Alan Ball.

Ball played 498 snaps for one of the league's worst secondaries last season, struggling mightily in coverage. He made just two starts. Even though the Vikings are in dire need of help at cornerback, Ball wouldn't be a starter if signed.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 04:25:00 PM

With both Terence Newman (groin) and Orlando Scandrick (ankle) sidelined by injury, the Cowboys are planning to start Alan Ball at left cornerback on Sunday.

Ball started at free safety in 2010, but was moved back to corner during the offseason. Poor in coverage and a woeful tackler, Ball can expect to be picked on by the 49ers this Sunday, even with RCB Mike Jenkins dealing with shoulder and knee injuries.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 06:27:00 PM

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