Ballard injured his left knee while running a pass route over the middle. He planted his left foot to make a cut inside, and went down untouched with an apparent left knee injury. Ballard was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was limping badly.
Ballard did his best to return to the game. He was taken by the team's medical staff to the bench area and cameras later caught him trying to warm up on the sideline, where he went down again in obvious pain after attempting to cut on the knee. He was then helped off the sideline by two members of the medical staff.
The Giants had already lost backup tight end Travis Beckum to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the second quarter. The injuries left the Giants with just one tight end, Bear Pascoe.