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Patriots claim tight end Jake Ballard

Updated: June 13, 2012, 10:05 AM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots on Tuesday claimed former New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard, who was waived/failed physical by New York on Monday, the Patriots announced.

Ballard suffered a torn ACL in the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots, and is expected to miss part or all of the 2012 season.

By claiming Ballard, the Patriots likely will keep him on their active roster until placing him on the "physically unable to perform" list or injured reserve before ...

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