Posted: Saturday July 27, 2013 2:28 PM

Ballard seeking spot as Patriots TE

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Jake Ballard knows he has a lot more work to do to complete his comeback from two knee operations and play in another NFL game.

The tight end, last seen making a catch for the New York Giants against New England in the Super Bowl almost 18 months ago, tore up his left knee on a hit by now-teammate Brandon Spikes on that play and hasn't played since.

Now, he's on the Patriots where he'll try to fill in in for the arrested Aaron Hernandez and the recovering Rob Gronkowski.

 
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