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Unfortunate news from the Colts' facility as head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that starting running back Vick Ballard would be placed on injured reserve with an ACL tear, ending his season.
The injury occurred in a non-contact drill, as Ballard planted his foot and his knee popped.
It's an awfully rough break for Ballard, who ran well during the Colts' 21-17 victory over the Raiders. Ballard was never projected to have a huge year running the ball, due to the offensive line's ineptitude, but his improved pass protection was a key part of the Colts' ability to both run and pass out of different personnel groups.
Our hearts go out to the second-year back out of Mississippi State. ACL injuries don't quite represent the challenge they did in the past, and Ballard may yet be able to recover and still be an effective back in 2014 and beyond.
But without Ballard, who projected to get at least 50% of the snaps at running back this season, where do the Colts' go?no comments
12 Things to Watch in Sunday's Colts-Dolphins Game
Whoever came up with this did a better job than the dude who designed the actual Dolphins logo.
Last week, the Colts survived for another comeback win over the Raiders. In Week 2, they attempt to open the season at 2-0 by taking on a evenly matched middle-of-the-pack AFC team. As the Miami Dolphins swim into the Luke, here's what to keep an eye on...
1. Watch for the tie breaker. Last year, the moment we knew the Colts could be taken seriously as playoff contenders was when Andrew Luck went nuts on Miami, and the Colts escaped with a narrow win. A year later, each of these teams is once again trying to make a statement that it deserves a wild-card spot or better in the playoffs. The one who wins will have the upper hand all season in the tie breaker. Week 2 games don't get bigger than this. The Colts have a narrow path to the post season, and it's hard to see them plotting a course that doesn't involve beating Miami.no comments
The Offensive Line versus Wake and Co.
The Colts offensive line, which struggled last week, will face a difficult test Sunday against the Dolphins, who know how to bring the heat out of their base 4-3. Miami’s pass rush ranked 7th in the league last year with 42 sacks, and they racked up 6 against Cleveland in their opener. Colts guard Donald Thomas says they will be expecting more of the same blitzes and aggressive play on Sunday, along with some possible surprises.
“Absolutely. They’re an aggressive defense,” Thomas said of the Dolphins. "They’re going to do what they do, and they do it well, so we have to be ready to block what we see, block what they bring. There’s going to be some stuff probably that we haven’t seen. We have to just use our rules and adjust to them.”no comments no comments