The Patriots still have "high hopes" for TE Jake Ballard (knee).
Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is "ready to hit the field," but the team is going to "take it slow" with him.
Beat writer Mike Reiss thinks the Patriots "are high" on Jake Ballard's potential contributions.
Patriots TE Jake Ballard's (knee) recovery is "coming along nicely," and there have been no setbacks.
ESPN Boston mentions TE Jake Ballard as an under-the-radar name to watch for 2013.
Patriots will not activate TE Jake Ballard (knee surgeries) off PUP, ending his season.
Patriots placed Jake Ballard (knee surgeries) on reserve/PUP.
The Giants planned to place TE Jake Ballard (knee surgeries) on the PUP list before he was claimed off waivers by the Patriots.
Patriots claimed TE Jake Ballard off waivers from the Giants.
Jake Ballard's agent says the Giants have every intention of re-signing his client, who is a restricted free agent in 2013.
Giants waived/failed physical TE Jake Ballard.
Giants TE Jake Ballard (microfracture, ACL surgery) concedes his best chance to return in 2012 is by mid-season, "if at all."
Giants TE Jake Ballard underwent microfracture knee surgery in addition to the standard ACL procedure early this offseason.
GM Jerry Reese concedes that TEs Jake Ballard (ACL tear) and Travis Beckum (ACL tear) will likely start the 2012 season on the PUP list.