The Houston Texans have stayed patient with Lonnie Ballentine over the past three seasons and now he has been placed on the injured reserve prior to Sunday's game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The imposing safety returned to practice a few weeks back which was his first eligible week to practice for the season due to being on the PUP list.
Ballentine played in two games this season before exiting against the Detroit Lions with an injury which turned out to be knee, ankle and groin issues. Ballentine was drafted with the final selection of the 2013 NFL Draft and has been slowed by injuries his first two seasons in the NFL. Last season he injured his knee against the Jacksonville Jaguars which nearly took a full calendar year to heal and come back to 100 percent.
The Texans had to make room for Akeem Hunt who was signed to the 53-man roster helping a running back group who will be without Jonathan Grimes due to an illness. The move with Ballentine to the injured reserve could possibly the last time he will be with the Texans.
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