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Lonnie Ballentine | Defensive Back | #39

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/23/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 7 (256) / HOU
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Texans placed S Lonnie Ballentine (groin, ankle, knee) on injured reserve.
Ballentine finished last season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in October, and he only managed two games this season. The 2014 seventh-rounder will fight for a roster spot next August. RB Akeem Hunt was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Sat, Nov 12, 2016 01:31:00 PM

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Texans S Lonnie Ballentine (PCL, MCL) is "hopeful" he'll be ready for training camp.

The reserve linebacker and special teamer tore up his knee last October. If he's not 100 percent healthy for camp, Ballentine is going to have a difficult time cracking the Texans' 53-man roster.
Tue, May 10, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Texans SS Lonnie Ballentine dislocated his left knee and tore his MCL and PCL in Sunday's Week 6 win over Jacksonville.

The one positive is Ballentine avoided an ACL tear, but he's done for the year. Mr. Irrelevant in the 2014 draft, Ballentine had emerged as a significant contributor in Houston's defense, and also had a role on special teams.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 03:45:00 PM

Texans S Lonnie Ballentine exited Week 6 against the Jaguars with a leg injury.

Ballentine banged legs with Allen Robinson on a short pass in the fourth quarter. His was carted off the field with his leg in an inflatable cast. It appears as if he will be done for the season.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Texans S Lonnie Ballentine underwent a knee scope on Monday.

Ballentine was last year's Mr. Irrelevant as the last pick in the draft, but has yet to play in an NFL game due to injuries. He has an intriguing size-speed combo at 6'3/219 with 4.39 wheels. Ballentine is running out of chances.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Texans placed S Lonnie Ballentine on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ballentine, Mr. Irrelevant as the 256th pick in May's draft, didn't play a single snap this preseason. He'll "redshirt" on I.R. as a rookie.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 07:17:00 PM

Texans signed seventh-round S Lonnie Ballentine to a four-year contract.

Ballentine was Mr. Irrelevant. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound tackle machine out of Memphis possesses 4.39 wheels and explosive athleticism. He has a legitimate shot to earn a roster spot as an early-career special teams contributor.
Wed, May 14, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Texans drafted Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine with the No. 256 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

It's the last pick in the draft. Compared to past years' Mr. Irrelevant, Ballentine is a pretty legit prospect. He was a sure tackler for the Memphis Tigers and goes 6-foot-3, 219 with 4.39 wheels, an explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump, and a 38-inch vertical. Ballentine was better with the action in front of him in Conference USA, but has tools for more if an NFL position coach and conditioning program can get him to max out his borderline-freakish tools. He'll compete for a roster spot as a special teamer initially.
Sat, May 10, 2014 07:12:00 PM

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