Patriots claim Jake Ballard off waivers

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According to Jake Ballard’s agent Blake Baratz, his client was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

Ballard was waived on Monday by the New York Giants, who were likely going to place him on injured reserve once he cleared waivers, but he didn’t.

Ballard likely won’t play a down in 2012 for the Patriots, since he’s still recovering from offseason microfracture surgery after tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl.  I believe the Patriots are looking to use him in 2013 when he’s hopefully completely healthy.