Lonnie Ballentine suffered a "significant" leg injury in the fourth quarter of yesterday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The second-year safety was carted off the field after colliding with a Jaguars receiver.
After coming off injured reserve last year, clawing his way back to the active roster, biding his time behind Quintin Demps and Eddie Pleasant, Ballentine finally got a real shot, but it has been cut short.
S Lonnie Ballentine is out 4 season with a knee injury. Bill OBrien said it happened right in front of him. Compared it to Brady and Welker— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 19, 2015
Brutal, brutal luck.
The Texans still have Andre Hal, a converted cornerback, starting at safety next to Rahim Moore. Hal had two interceptions, including a pick six against the Jaguars. But Ballentine seemed prime to carve himself a role.
Now Ballentine will have to heal up and rehab again and wait for next year. Wish him luck on Twitter!
Everyone thanks for all the love and support . I'll bounce back better than I left.— Lonnie Ballentine (@Big_Play_4) October 19, 2015
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