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After injury, Ballard tests leg on sideline and collapses in pain (video)

Chris Chase
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Early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard suffered a left knee injury on a play away the ball. He was brought off the field by trainers, but, this being the biggest game of his career, he wanted back in the game.

To test out the balky knee and show coaches he was able to play, Ballard engaged in a full sprint on the Giants sideline. It did not end well. Ballard took a few strides before running into a member of team personnel and collapsed to the ground in pain.

Ballard wouldn't return to the game, but did get some good news when it was revealed that the meniscus damage he suffered was not serious.

He was in the locker room when Ahmad Bradshaw scored his game-winning touchdown. He demanded that medical personnel cart him back out to the field so he could celebrate with his teammates. They obliged.

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