The Boston Herald reported yesterday that the New England Patriots will unsurprisingly not activate former New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard this season. He is currently on the PUP list and healing from an ACL tear that he sustained last season. He had major surgery on it right after the Super Bowl, and there was very little doubt that Ballard would be out for the entire season. This is just a confirmation.
Even though he is the lower profile player, the note that Myron Pryor will not be activated this year is even more noteworthy. He is a solid pass rushing defensive tackle in a rotation, and the Pats pass rush up the middle has been somewhat lacking this season. With Jermaine Cunningham suspended, I thought Pryor would at least be a possibility for the Patriots.
Pryor is still recovering from a torn pectoral, and I thought he was healthy enough for a return to the Pats.
Both Ballard and Pryor have passed the 21-day window for activation from the PUP list, and I’m not the only Pats blogger who thinks the team could be helped by a little pass rushing injection on the interior from Pryor.
I don’t think the Patriots need Ballard anyway at this moment in time even with Rob Gronkowski injured. He isn’t out for the year, and the Patriots are still obviously insanely deep at TE with Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells, Aaron Hernandez, and Visanthe Shiancoe.
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