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Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) is on track for training camp.

Ballard didn't participate in offseason workouts and will open camp as the No. 3 running back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. He's reportedly close to 100 percent, but his effectiveness coming off a major injury is in question. Ballard is 10 months removed from September ACL surgery.

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Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) isn't participating in this week's OTAs sessions.

A report earlier this month said Ballard was "close" to 100 percent, but he's unlikely to be full go before training camp. Ballard is No. 3 on the depth chart.

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Vick Ballard (knee) is reportedly close to 100 percent.

Ballard is nine months removed from his ACL tear. The ligament may be near 100 percent, but we've repeatedly seen players struggle to regain full burst until they're at least a year-plus removed from this injury. That's especially true for non-freakish specimens. Ballard, who posted an uninspiring 3.85 YPC as a rookie in 2012, will start off camp behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.

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Colts GM Ryan Grigson said Vick Ballard's (knee) recovery remains on schedule.

Ballard tore his ACL in Week 1 last season but supposedly looks "great" with OTAs set to kick off next month. He might to get much action this spring, but Ballard should be 100 percent for training camp. With Ahmad Bradshaw back in the fold along with Trent Richardson, Ballard is going to have to earn his carries.

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When asked about his running back situation, Colts GM Ryan Grigson said "the best players play."

Grigson wasn't singling out Trent Richardson, he was simply talking up a Seahawks-esque mantra for his entire team. Still, if Vick Ballard (torn ACL) can make it back in time for training camp he'll have a shot to earn carries -- especially if free agent Donald Brown walks. "Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter," he said. Ballard has a career 3.91 YPC average while T-Rich was at 2.91 in 14 games with the Colts last season.

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Vick Ballard (knee) believes he'll be ready for OTAs.

Ballard tore his right ACL in a practice ahead of Week 2, part of the domino effect that led to the Colts' disastrous Trent Richardson trade. He might get cleared for some activity during OTAs, but his real goal should be participating fully in 2014 training camp. If the Colts let impending unrestricted free agent Donald Brown walk, Ballard would be the No. 2 back behind T-Rich.

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Updating a previous item, Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his ACL in Thursday's practice and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Colts have already placed Ballard on season-ending injured reserve and promoted Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to serve as the No. 3 back. Ahmad Bradshaw is now locked into lead-back duties, while first-round megabust Donald Brown will mix in as the No. 2. Brown isn't worth picking up in fantasy leagues. Bradshaw was already ticketed for a bigger role this week, but he's now placed himself on the RB2 radar against the Dolphins. Ballard already lacked unique athleticism; he was a pedestrian runner. This injury will set him back.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colts RB Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's practice.

Ballard popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, but there was zero indication the injury was this severe. This news vaults Ahmad Bradshaw into the unquestioned lead-back role, making him a RB2/flex option this week against the Dolphins. Donald Brown will handle backup duties while the Colts look for a No. 3 back. We'll update Ballard's specific injury once we hear it.

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Vick Ballard was added to the Colts' injury report with a knee issue Thursday, and was listed as "limited."

The move appears purely precautionary. Firmly ahead of Ahmad Bradshaw on the depth chart for the time being, Ballard is in the FLEX conversation despite his talent limitations.

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Coach Chuck Pagano called Vick Ballard's Week 1 pass protection performance "unbelievable."

One of the areas Ahmad Bradshaw was thought to have a significant edge on Ballard was in blocking. But Pagano said Ballard was 6-for-6 in blitz pickups against the Raiders, something that goes a long way for coaches. The incumbent had 14 touches as the leader of the committee while the ex-Giant played just 15 snaps and got eight touches. Bradshaw's rise to the top of this backfield may take a little longer than initially expected.