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Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:13:22 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team does not expect DE Christian Ballard to return to the team this season. Ballard left training camp around two weeks ago because of personal reasons.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:59:27 -0700
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd might be thrust into the starting role if DT Kevin Williams (knee) isn't ready to return. DT Christian Ballard is on the reserve/left squad list and DT Letroy Guion could go back to the three-technique position on the defensive line. DT Chase Baker hasn't played in an NFL game. The team is unlikely to rush Williams back.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:28:58 -0700
Minnesota Vikings DT Christian Ballard was placed on the active-left squad list for personal reasons.
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:53:04 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have placed DE Christian Ballard on the Reserve/Left Squad list. Ballard has been away from the team for eight days to take care of a personal issue.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:52:45 -0800
Minnesota Vikings DLs Christian Ballard and Fred Evans are in line for expanded roles, although there is some question whether Evans' conditioning is good enough for more playing time.
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:13:27 -0700
Minnesota Vikings DL Christian Ballard (hamstring) was held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, due to tightness in his hamstring. Head coach Leslie Frazier said the move was precautionary, and the team hopes to have him back by Friday, Aug. 10.
Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:13:47 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings expect DL Christian Ballard to take a big step forward in 2012. General manager Rick Spielman said Sunday, March 25, that Ballard is "going to be a heck of a player and continues to make a jump."
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:23:41 -0800
While Minnesota Vikings DL Jared Allen is a defensive player of the year candidate, and Brian Robison and Kevin Williams held their own, the team struggled up front. DLs Everson Griffen, Letroy Guion, Remi Ayodele, Fred Evans and Christian Ballard all struggled in 2011. Ballard saw time at multiple spots, and might need to focus on one position. Ayodele and Evans figure to return, but they might have plenty of competition in training camp.
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:43:57 -0800
Minnesota Vikings LB Erin Henderson (hamstring), QB Christian Ponder (knee), DL Christian Ballard (hamstring), OT Charlie Johnson (Achilles') and S Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 25, and are listed as probable for Week 12.
Thu, 24 Nov 2011 19:15:29 -0800
Minnesota Vikings DL Christian Ballard (hamstring), OT Charlie Johnson (Achilles') and SS Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) were able to practice in full Thursday, Nov. 24.
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:42:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings DL Christian Ballard (hamstring), OT Charlie Johnson (Achilles') and S Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:22:04 -0800
Minnesota Vikings DL Christian Ballard started at nose tackle in place of DL Remi Ayodele in the Week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 14.
Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:25:43 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have signed DT Christian Ballard, CB Brandon Burton, OT DeMarcus Love, CB Mistral Raymond, C Brandon Fusco, LB Ross Homan, DE D'Aundre Reed and WR Stephen Burton to undisclosed deals.
Sun, 01 May 2011 12:35:30 -0700
Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said the team will initially use DL Christian Ballard at defensive tackle and will eventually will move him to defensive end.
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:45:55 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings selected Iowa DL Christian Ballard with the 106th overall pick.
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 07:23:18 -0700
Iowa DL Christian Ballard failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to sources. Ballard tested positive for marijuana.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:37:25 -0700
The Buffalo Bills are meeting with University of Iowa DL Christian Ballard Thursday, April 7, according to Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 08:25:24 -0700
Iowa DL Christian Ballard visited the Baltimore Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 08:23:03 -0700
Iowa DL Christian Ballard visited the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, April 6, according to Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 06:13:30 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens recently met with University of Iowa DE Christian Ballard, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:44:42 -0700
University of Iowa DL Christian Ballard measured 6-foot-4 1/2, 286 pounds at his Pro Day Monday, March 21, reports Gil Brandt, of NFL.com. He ran the 40-yard dash twice, both in 4.70 seconds. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.56 seconds and the three cone-drill in 7.23 seconds. He measured a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-7 broad jump and completed 16 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:32:02 -0800
Iowa DL Christian Ballard posted times of 4.70 and 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:07:15 -0800
University of Iowa DL Christian Ballard said he is around 280 pounds to 285 pounds at this time, down from his playing weight of 295 pounds. He said he can gain weight if teams ask him to in the future.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:06:18 -0800
University of Iowa DL Christian Ballard said he has the ability to play either defensive end or defensive tackle. He said he believes a lot of the teams are looking at him as a defensive end.