“Colts RB Vick Ballard is out for season after injuring knee during practice Thursday…” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said via Twitter.
Since that tweet from Schefter, Colts beat writer Mike Chappell has reported Ballard has a torn ACL, which is information he received directly from Indy head coach Chuck Pagano.
The team has since confirmed that Ballard is headed for Injured Reserve.
Ballard, a fifth-round pick in 2012, carried the load for the Colts ground game during his rookie season to the tune of 905 yards and two touchdowns. Although he showed promise as a runner, head coach Chuck Pagano praised the young runner for his ability to pass protect for quarterback Andrew Luck.
The worst part of this situation is that Ahmad Bradshaw, the Colts’ other starting-caliber running back, is an injury waiting to happen. After signing with Indianapolis during the spring, the former New York Giants starter slowly came on while working his way back into football shape. The six-year NFL veteran has a long history of injury issues, with a foot problem being his most recent setback.
Bradshaw played just 15 snaps in the Colts’ season opener against the Oakland Raiders, but has now been thrust into the unquestioned No. 1 role with Ballard headed for IR. As of right now, Donald Brown will be his immediate backup while the Colts look for another capable runner to fill the now-vacated No. 3 slot.
If Bradshaw is available in your fantasy league, you might want to scoop him up. For those Ballard owners out there, tough luck.