TE Ballard removed from PUP list

Tight end Jake Ballard and defensive back Kanorris Davis both passed physicals on Tuesday and were removed from the active/physically unable to perform list and non-football injury list, respectively, according to a league source.

The move means that each is eligible to practice when training camp opens. Ballard is coming off of a major knee injury back in February 2012, while it is unclear why Davis was originally placed on the non-football injury list.

Ballard is a candidate to earn playing time as the Patriots await the return of Rob Gronkowski, who was placed on the PUP list on Monday.