Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
9 months ago

Ball (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The groin injury limited Ball throughout practice this week, but it was likely the case where the Bears just wanted to preserve his health in advance of the Week 5 tilt. Ball saw his snap count drop significantly a week ago, as it appears Tracy Porter has now passed him up on the depth chart and taken his starting role.

Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
10 months ago

Ball (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

Ball is coming off a strong performance last week against the Seahawks, but there was some question about his availability heading into the Week 4 matchup while he nursed a groin injury. Though he was limited in practices Thursday and Friday, Ball appears to be holding up well enough to see a full load of snaps Sunday.

Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
10 months ago

Ball accrued a season-high nine tackles and batted away a pass in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Though the Bears were beaten handily in Week 3, Ball was one of the team's more impressive performers defensively. In addition to showing activity in stopping the run, Ball was excellent on the Seahawks' final drive before halftime, denying a fade route intended for Jimmy Graham and defending Chris Matthews on another pass attempt.

Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
10 months ago

Ball recorded three stops in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Ball received the start at the other cornerback spot opposite Kyle Fuller, but was mostly ineffective in slowing the Packers' passing attack. Signed by the Bears for the size and physicality he was expected to provide in coverage, Ball struggled to jam the Green Bay receivers and was outmuscled by James Jones for a touchdown in the first quarter. He could have his work cut out for him next week against the Cardinals, who start two 6-foot-3 receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
11 months ago

Ball looks in line to earn a Week 1 starting role for the Bears following Sunday's release of Tim Jennings, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ball was the leading candidate to break camp with a starting role in hand after signing a one-year, $3 million deal, but the incumbent Jennings topped the depth chart longer than expected while Ball and Tracy Porter remained nicked up with injuries. The free-agent import was healthy enough to start last Saturday's exhibition against the Bengals, finishing the night with two tackles. During his 44 career starts over stints with the Cowboys, Texans, and Jaguars, Ball never showed much high-end IDP production, so he'll need to regularly produce turnovers and tackles with the Bears before landing on the fantasy radar.

Alan Ball
DB CHI (9)
1 year 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 (9)
1 year 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 (9)
1 year 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 (9)
2 years 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 (9)
2 years 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.