Ball (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles. The groin injury limited Ball throughout practice this week, but it was likely the case where the Bears just wanted to preserve his health in advance of the Week 5 tilt. Ball saw his snap count drop significantly a week ago, as it appears Tracy Porter has now passed him up on the depth chart and taken his starting role.
Bears cornerback Alan Ball accrued a season-high nine tackles and batted away a pass in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Seahawks. Though the Bears were beaten handily in Week 3, Ball was one of the team's more impressive performers defensively. In addition to showing activity in stopping the run, Ball was excellent during the Seahawks' final drive before halftime, denying a fade route intended for Jimmy Graham and defending Chris Matthews on another pass attempt.
The Bears have signed cornerback Alan Ball to a one-year contract on Friday, per the team's official website. Ball, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, but was limited to only seven games in 2014 due to a biceps injury. He racked up 59 total tackles, 17 passes deflected and three interceptions over that span. He has played eight NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Texans and Jags.
Former Jaguars cornerback Allan Ball visited the Panthers, but left the team's facility on Friday without an agreement, according to David Newton of ESPN. Ball has not closed the door on the possibility of signing with the Panthers, per the report. Ball, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, but was limited to only seven games in 2014 due to a biceps injury. He racked up 59 total tackles, 17 passes deflected and three interceptions over that span.
The Jaguars announced Wednesday they placed starting cornerback Alan Ball on injured reserve. Ball suffered a biceps injury Week 7, but he didn't believe the injury was season-ending at the time. The Jaguars also announced they signed cornerback Tommie Campbell to take Ball's spot on the roster.