Corey Ballentine
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New York Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine’s injury from shooting in April was much worse than people thought.

The New York Giants drafted Corey Ballentine in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft out of Washburn University. That night quickly turned for the worst for the rookie.

He was involved in a shooting incident after having been drafted. The bullet wounded him and killed his close friend Dwane Simmons.

Ballentine is healthy enough now to compete for the Giants and is in a good spot to do so. He’s climbing up the depth chart with him, Janoris Jenkins and rookie DeAndre Baker as three of the top guys at the split corner position. However, this week, he made it known that his injuries were even more severe than what people assumed.


“It was worse than what people thought it was,” Ballentine said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Schwartz writes, “The bullet ripped into Ballentine’s body through the buttocks and traveled into his hip bone, causing a crack. It caused intense pain in both of his hips and left him unable to walk.”

The bullet remains in his body, but he doesn’t feel it. He has prescribed medication for the pain.

The Giants’ final preseason game is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET against the New England Patriots. Being that it’s the last of the four exhibition games, most of the starters won’t play at all.

Therefore, fans could see a whole lot of Ballentine in the upcoming matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

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