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