Vick Ballard RB IND 10 Months5 Comments

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.

Vick Ballard RB IND 10 Months

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.

Vick Ballard RB IND 11 Months7 Comments

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.

Vick Ballard RB IND 11 Months10 Comments

Vick Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards and lost five yards on his lone reception in the Colts' Week 1 win over the Raiders.

Ballard was the lead back in Indy's opener, playing ahead of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw managed eight touches, and will likely see more opportunities next week against the Dolphins. Ballard is barely roster worthy in fantasy leagues with limited talent and a role that is very likely to diminish.

Vick Ballard RB IND 11 Months10 Comments

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said his running back pecking order for Week 1 is "yet to be determined."

If there's ever going to be a time when Vick Ballard gets a big workload, this is it. Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is still working his way into the mix and the Colts figure to be nursing a big lead against the lowly Raiders. Eventually, we're expecting Ballard to take a clear backseat to Bradshaw in the Colts' committee.

Vick Ballard RB IND Jun 18 '13

Vick Ballard is expected to open the season as the Colts' No. 2 back.

The Ahmad Bradshaw signing was a clear indication of GM Ryan Grigson's feelings about his running back corps; he recognized it wasn't good enough with Ballard in the lead role. Ballard will be no more than a low-end flex pick in fantasy drafts. In his AFC Team-by-Team Notes column accessible at the link below, Rotoworld's Evan Silva breaks down the Colts' projected 2013 backfield.

Vick Ballard RB IND Jun 02 '13

New Colts OC Pep Hamilton wants his offense to be "able to run the football."

"You have to have balance in your offense," Hamilton said. "The teams I've been a part of where the quarterback has been effective and offensively we've had success consistently were the teams that were able to run the football." The Colts ran the ball just 39.7 percent of the time last season under Bruce Arians, but that will change this season. Coach Chuck Pagano recently confirmed that Vick Ballard is his "lead guy," but we don't like him as much more than a low RB2.

Vick Ballard RB IND May 15 '13

Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Vick Ballard is "sitting there as the lead guy" in his backfield.

Vick Ballard RB IND Jan 07 '13

The Indianapolis Star believes the Colts have found a "workhorse" in Vick Ballard.

GM Ryan Grigson's top priorities will be fixing Andrew Luck's pass protection on the offensive line and upgrading the run defense. The Colts have enough holes that running back is relatively low on the list. Ballard has moved ahead of Donald Brown in the organization's eyes. Expect him to enter next season as the feature back.