Indianapolis Colts: What Vick Ballard's Injury Means to Team

By Eric Smith
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts got some devastating news Friday afternoon that starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the 2013 season due to an ACL tear. Ballard was injured in a non-contact drill Thursday in practice in what the coaches call a “Freak Accident.”

With Ballard now out, many are wondering what’s next for the Colts and what that means for their playoff hopes.

This is certainly a blow, but it isn’t going to make or break the season for the Colts as the Super Bowl dreams are still there. Yes, Ballard was the starter, but they do have a two-time Super Bowl champion in Ahmad Bradshaw becoming the new starter and veteran Donald Brown backing him up.

Brown has been with the team since 2009 so he is already comfortable, and Bradshaw, if healthy, is a very valuable back. He’s one of the best in the league in picking up blitzes and is very good in being a receiving threat out of the backfield, as he’s been among the league leaders for yards per catch among running backs.

One thing that will have to happen is Bradshaw and Brown being able to help protect Luck as an extra blocker and being able to maximize gains.

Another reason why it’s not a make or break deal is that they still have franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. So what if the Colts have to throw a bit more? Luck has weapons like Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen at his disposal to go along with Bradshaw and Brown.

After all, people are wanting the Colts to throw a bit more anyway after last week. This will help that, as I don’t see this affecting Indy winning or losing games. They will be okay.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the last four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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