He though this was his best, and probably last, shot of making it in the NFL, but David Ball's dream came to an abrupt end as the Philadelphia Eagles released Ball less than two weeks after signing the former Spaulding High School star.
In a phone interview late Tuesday night, Ball told Channel Three Sports he suffered a 'significant' injury to his pinky finger that included a severed tendon and multiple fractures. He suffered the injury during wide receiver drills while in Eagles camp and is set to have surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on Thursday. He said the recovery time is 14 weeks and the significance of the injury force the Eagles hand.
Ball signed with Philadelphia on July 27th. The move reunited David with the offensive coordinator from his record setting days at the University of New Hampshire, first-year Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Ball said the circumstances that led to his release were a bitter pill to swallow because he felt with Kelly and other members of the former UNH staff in Philadelphia he would get a legitimate shot to prove he could play in the NFL.
Last year, Ball served as head coach of the Spaulding High School football team. On Monday, the school named offensive coordinator Tyler Holcomb as the Tide's new head coach. Ball told me he hopes to be back teaching at Spaulding this fall and working with the football team in some capacity.
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