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Alan Ball | Defensive Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 197
College: Illinois
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Bears CB Alan Ball (torn biceps) said he's "ready to roll."
He tore his biceps in October but according to Ball, that's no longer an issue. In Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings, Ball graded out better against the run than he did versus the pass. In Chicago, he'll be used as a reserve behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller. Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

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Bears signed CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.

The National Football Post jumped the gun last week when it reported Ball signed with the Panthers. They offered him a deal, but Ball took Chicago's. Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars the previous two seasons, but had his 2014 campaign cut short with a bicep injury. He provides much-needed depth for the Bears behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller. It's still a position of need.
Mar 27 - 12:39 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent CB Alan Ball left his Panthers visit without signing a deal.

The National Football Post erroneously reported Ball had signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Carolina. Instead, Ball will continue to shop his wares. The Panthers maintain interest and Ball could still end up with them.
Mar 20 - 3:25 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Ball had a fine 2013, though 2014 didn't go as smoothly. His season was cut short by a bicep injury in October. He'll look to recapture his 2013 form in Carolina where he should currently be penciled in as the outside corner opposite Josh Norman, allowing second-year CB Bene Benwikere to focus on slot duties.
Mar 19 - 10:58 AM

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.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:47:00 AM

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.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 08:57:00 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