New York Giants tight end, Jake Ballard’s recovery will be extended due to an additional microfracture surgery, according to ProfootballTalk.
Ballard had the microfracture surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee. He believes that this was a result of a rushed attempt to return to the field.
“I definitely felt it rip and heard it pop. I felt like I ripped everything and broke everything,” Ballard said of the on-field injury. “My knee just collapsed, I definitely tore [my ACL] on the field. I’d say [the cartilage damage] probably happened on the sideline from trying to run with no ACL. But I don’t regret trying to get back in the game. It’s the biggest game in any football player’s career.”
It is expected that Ballard will have to add another six weeks to his recovery, which puts his return during the 2012 season in doubt. Last season Ballard recorded 38 receptions for 604 yards four touchdowns.