Alan Ball DB CHI 1 month ago

Ball signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.

The 29-year-old Ball has played in 93 NFL games, getting the start in 44 of those contests. He largely struggled in Jacksonville the past two seasons, and he'll now join a team that has Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller on the roster. Ball could compete with incumbent Demontre Hurst for the nickelback role.

Alan Ball DB CHI 1 month ago

Ball has yet to finalize a deal with the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.

Previous reports suggested that Ball had agreed to a one-year deal with Carolina, but such a deal has yet to be closed, with the report suggesting that at least one other team could be interested in pursuing the cornerback, who recorded 22 tackles and a pick in seven starts for the Jaguars in 2014.

Alan Ball DB CHI 1 month ago

The Panthers have signed Ball to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.

Ball, who recorded 22 tackles and a pick in seven starts for the Jaguars in 2014 prior to landing on IR with a biceps injury, is thus a candidate to start at cornerback for the Panthers this coming season opposite Josh Norman.

Alan Ball DB CHI 6 months ago

Ball (biceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Miami, the Jaguars' official site reports.

This isn't much of a surprise considering how doubtful he seemed yesterday. He didn't participate in practice at all this week and how much he participates next week should be telling if this injury is more long-term.

Alan Ball DB CHI 6 months ago

Ball (biceps) said Thursday that he's "pretty doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Ball is optimistic about the injury suffered Sunday against Cleveland, and he hopes it's not something that will sideline him for an extended period of time. "My thoughts are that it isn't season-ending," Ball said. "In the next week, week-and-a-half, I'm be trying to get my body back to the best it can possibly be and then go from there." Ball visited a specialist in San Francisco this week for a second opinion, and at this point it's unclear if he'll require surgery or some other type of procedure.

Alan Ball DB CHI 8 months ago

Ball is fully recovered from an ankle injury sustained during minicamp, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Ball took part in the Jags' preseason game versus the Bears on Thursday, bringing the Jacksonville secondary to full health. In competition for a starting spot, Ball figures to see consistent playing time as the third cornerback, at worst. Last season, the 29-year-old recorded a career-high 47 combined tackles to go with two picks and career-high 14 passes defended.

Alan Ball DB CHI 2 years ago

Jaguars CB Alan Ball (groin) is active for Week 2 against the Raiders.

Marcedes Lewis (calf) is inactive. The Jags would have been without both starting corners had Ball been out, as Dwayne Gratz (ankle) remains sidelined. Also inactive for the Jaguars are QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Mike Brown, LB J.T. Thomas, DT Abry Jones and CB Marcus Burley.

Alan Ball DB CHI 2 years ago

Jaguars CB Alan Ball (groin) is a game-time decision for Week 2.

Ball suffered a groin injury in Thursday's practice and is officially listed as questionable. With Dwayne Gratz (ankle) also sidelined, the Jaguars could be forced to start both Will Blackmon and Mike Harris this week.

Alan Ball DB CHI 2 years ago

Jaguars CB Alan Ball suffered a groin injury in Thursday's practice.

The Jags' No. 1 cornerback, it means Ball could join fellow starter Dwayne Gratz (high-ankle sprain) on the sideline in Oakland this weekend. The Jaguars could be forced to go with Mike Harris or Will Blackmon as they look for ways to slow down dual-threat Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor. Sunday could be Oakland's best shot at a victory this season.

Alan Ball DB CHI 2 years ago

"As of now," Alan Ball is the Jaguars' No. 1 cornerback.

Per beat writer Ryan O'Halloran, Ball has made the "right kind of impression" in OTAs. That's all good and well, but now 28, Ball played just 85 snaps for the Texans last season. His apparent ascension to No. 1 cornerback speaks to how thin the Jags' secondary is. With Ball apparently locked into a starting job, third-rounder Dwayne Gratz and Marcus Trufant will compete for the other outside job with Mike Harris manning the slot.