The Indianapolis Colts will be without running back Donald Brown for the next two-to-three weeks, as the 25-year-old underwent knee surgery this week. Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians tells ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter that rookie Vick Ballard will start in his place.
The Colts have struggled for the past few years with their running backs, as either they are unable to perform on the field or that they are not healthy enough to play enough games. It’s happened to Joseph Addai, which led to his release, and now it has happened to Brown.
The Colts made a very smart move this past draft selecting Ballard in the fifth round, along with signing Mewelde Moore, knowing that there is a chance that one of their running backs could go down.
Brown hasn’t been too shabby this season, as the four-year pro has been having a pretty good season with 239 rushing yards and one touchdown, along with averaging four yards per-carry. Brown has just started getting into the hang of things and has been getting the majority of the team’s carries.
This latest news definitely hurts his starting chances, as Ballard could break out anytime in these next few weeks. However, Ballard has struggled tremendously when getting his carries this season. Off of 21 carries so far this season, Ballard has only been able to pour 42 yards in on the season and no touchdowns at all. Ballard is averaging two yards per-carry and that is simply unacceptable if he wants to be successful on this offense.
It’s going to be interesting what happens, but we’ll see how Ballard does exactly come this week against the New York Jets.