Around the NFL: Former Buckeye Ballard announces retirement

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Arizona Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday.

In a statement, Ballard traced his decision to the severe knee injury he suffered playing for the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.

“My body never felt the same,” he said. “Having a quality of life after football is very important to me, and I have witnessed it taken away from others. I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life.”

Ballard was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio State in 2010. In the Giants’ 2011-12 Super Bowl season, he started 13 regular-season games, catching 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Ballard played in all four of New York’s postseason games that season, three as a starter.

He was signed by New England in 2012 but missed the entire season because of the knee injury.

Ballard signed with the Cardinals in November of last year. He appeared in eight games for Arizona, three as a starter. He caught seven passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Bears pass on Holmes

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent receiver Santonio Holmes, but signed receiver Greg Herd instead, the New York Post reported.

The Bears signed Herd on Tuesday after they lost receiver Marquess Wilson indefinitely because of a fractured clavicle.

Jackson out with foot injury

Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson left practice because of a foot injury, and his status for today’s exhibition opener is in doubt.

Jackson stopped in his tracks and appeared to turn his ankle and foot, and a defender stepped on Jackson’s foot while he running a route in 11-on-11 drills.

Moreno makes debut

Running back Knowshon Moreno made his training-camp debut in a white No. 28 jersey and with no visible brace on his knee at the Miami Dolphins’ facility.

Moreno, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dolphins, had arthroscopic knee surgery in June.

Barden becomes a Jaguar

Ramses Barden is joining the Jacksonville Jaguars to address the team’s shortage of receivers.

Barden was out of the NFL last season. A third-round pick of the Giants in 2009, he struggled to separate from press coverage and had 29 receptions for 394 yards in 29 games during four seasons with the Giants.

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