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Vick Ballard | Running Back

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 224
College: Mississippi State
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Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) is on track for training camp.
Ballard didn't participate in offseason workouts and will open camp as the No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. He's reportedly close to 100 percent, but the Colts have concerns about his effectiveness coming off a major injury. Ballard is 10 months removed from September ACL surgery. Jul 5 - 8:38 PM

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Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) isn't participating in this week's OTAs sessions.

A report earlier this month said Ballard was "close" to 100 percent, but he's unlikely to be full go before training camp. Ballard is No. 3 on the depth chart.
May 29 - 2:20 PM

Vick Ballard (knee) is reportedly close to 100 percent.

Ballard is nine months removed from his ACL tear. The ligament may be near 100 percent, but we've repeatedly seen players struggle to regain full burst until they're at least a year-plus removed from this injury. That's especially true for non-freakish specimens. Ballard, who posted an uninspiring 3.85 YPC as a rookie in 2012, will start camp behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.
May 5 - 10:47 AM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson said Vick Ballard's (knee) recovery remains on schedule.

Ballard tore his ACL in Week 1 last season but supposedly looks "great" with OTAs set to kick off next month. He might not get much action this spring, but Ballard should be 100 percent for training camp. With Ahmad Bradshaw back in the fold along with Trent Richardson, Ballard is going to have to earn his carries.
Mar 21 - 10:58 AM

When asked about his running back situation, Colts GM Ryan Grigson said "the best players play."

Grigson wasn't singling out Trent Richardson, he was simply talking up a Seahawks-esque mantra for his entire team. Still, if Vick Ballard (torn ACL) can make it back in time for training camp he'll have a shot to earn carries -- especially if free agent Donald Brown walks. "Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter," he said. Ballard has a career 3.91 YPC average while T-Rich was at 2.91 in 14 games with the Colts last season.
Feb 27 - 8:43 AM

Vick Ballard (knee) believes he'll be ready for OTAs.

Ballard tore his right ACL in a practice ahead of Week 2, part of the domino effect that led to the Colts' disastrous Trent Richardson trade. He might get cleared for some activity during OTAs, but his real goal should be participating fully in 2014 training camp. If the Colts let impending unrestricted free agent Donald Brown walk, Ballard would be the No. 2 back behind T-Rich.
Jan 13 - 10:23 AM

Updating a previous item, Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his right ACL in Thursday's practice and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Colts have already placed Ballard on season-ending injured reserve and promoted RB Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad. Ahmad Bradshaw is now locked into lead-back duties, while first-round megabust Donald Brown will mix in as the No. 2. Brown isn't worth picking up in fantasy leagues. Bradshaw was already ticketed for a bigger role this week, but he's now placed himself on the RB2 radar against the Dolphins. Ballard already lacked unique athleticism; he was a pedestrian runner. This injury could set him back long term.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Colts placed RB Vick Ballard on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Ballard popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, but there was no indication the injury was this severe. This vaults Ahmad Bradshaw into the unquestioned lead-back role, making him a RB2/flex option this week against the Dolphins. Donald Brown will handle backup duties while the Colts look for a No. 3 back. We'll update Ballard's specific injury once we hear it.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Vick Ballard was added to the Colts' injury report with a knee issue Thursday, and was listed as "limited."

The move appears purely precautionary. Firmly ahead of Ahmad Bradshaw on the depth chart for the time being, Ballard is in the FLEX conversation despite his talent limitations.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 04:18:00 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano called Vick Ballard's Week 1 pass protection performance "unbelievable."

One of the areas Ahmad Bradshaw was thought to have a significant edge on Ballard was in blocking. But Pagano said Ballard was 6-for-6 in blitz pickups against the Raiders, something that goes a long way for coaches. The incumbent had 14 touches as the leader of the committee while the ex-Giant played just 15 snaps and got eight touches. Bradshaw's rise to the top of this backfield may take a little longer than initially expected.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 08:17:00 AM

Vick Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards and lost five yards on his lone reception in the Colts' Week 1 win over the Raiders.

Ballard was the lead back in Indy's opener, playing ahead of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw managed eight touches, and will likely see more opportunities next week against the Dolphins. Ballard is barely roster worthy in fantasy leagues with limited talent and a role that is very likely to diminish.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said his running back pecking order for Week 1 is "yet to be determined."

If there's ever going to be a time when Vick Ballard gets a big workload, this is it. Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is still working his way into the mix and the Colts figure to be nursing a big lead against the lowly Raiders. Eventually, we're expecting Ballard to take a clear backseat to Bradshaw in the Colts' committee.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Colts RB Vick Ballard managed 33 yards on 10 carries and caught a four-yard pass in Saturday night's third preseason game.

Colts GM Ryan Grigson smartly identified Ballard as a weakness in last year's offense, and upgraded by signing Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw (feet) will be all systems go when the season starts. Through three exhibition games, Ballard has plodded his way to 55 yards on 17 carries (3.24 YPC). Ballard holds some value as Ballard's handcuff, but is clearly not a starter in the league.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 11:32:00 PM

Vick Ballard is expected to open the season as the Colts' No. 2 back.

The Ahmad Bradshaw signing was a clear indication of GM Ryan Grigson's feelings about his running back corps; he recognized it wasn't good enough with Ballard in the lead role. Ballard will be no more than a low-end flex pick in fantasy drafts. In his AFC Team-by-Team Notes column accessible at the link below, Rotoworld's Evan Silva breaks down the Colts' projected 2013 backfield.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:54:00 PM

New Colts OC Pep Hamilton wants his offense to be "able to run the football."

"You have to have balance in your offense," Hamilton said. "The teams I’ve been a part of where the quarterback has been effective and offensively we’ve had success consistently were the teams that were able to run the football." The Colts ran the ball just 39.7 percent of the time under Bruce Arians in 2012, but that will change this season. Coach Chuck Pagano recently confirmed that Vick Ballard is the "lead guy," but we don't like him as more than a low RB2.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 09:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Chandler Harnish
RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3Vick Ballard
4Chris Rainey
5Dan Herron
GLB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
FB1Stanley Havili
2Mario Harvey
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2T.Y. Hilton
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
5Ryan Lankford
WR21Hakeem Nicks
2Da'Rick Rogers
3Donte Moncrief
4Eric Thomas
5Tony Washington
WR31T.Y. Hilton
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri
2Cody Parkey