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Vick Ballard | Running Back

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 226
College: Mississippi State
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When asked about his chances heading into training camp, Vick Ballard said "this could be it for me."
Ballard realizes his NFL career, or at least his time in Indianapolis, could be over soon if he doesn't play with a sense of urgency. ACL and Achilles injuries have limited Ballard to one game over the last two seasons. Now he finds himself a distant third on the team's running back depth chart behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron. Even when healthy, Ballard was a plodder with mediocre athleticism. It's fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank after his two surgeries. May 17 - 9:11 AM

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Vick Ballard (Achilles) expects to be ready for training camp.

Ballard hasn’t had any setbacks since his July Achilles surgery. Recovering from a second straight year-ending injury, he's expected to sit out all of OTAs. Due a non-guaranteed $660,000 salary, Ballard needs to prove he’s healthy to secure a roster spot behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron.
Source: colts.com
Apr 22 - 5:11 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts "aren't giving up" on Vick Ballard (Achilles', out for season), and that he'll get "another shot" in 2015.

We'll see. Ballard was already talent-deficient before injuries wiped out his 2013-14, and he'll be a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick come next July. Ballard has averaged 3.9 yards on 224 career carries. He has no Dynasty value.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 07:40:00 PM

An MRI confirmed Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's practice.

He's done for the season. It's the second straight year-ending injury for Ballard after he missed all but one game of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard has one year remaining on his rookie deal and will attempt to return in 2015. The Colts haven't ruled out adding a veteran running back to replace Ballard.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 04:28:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's training camp practice.

It's terrible news for Ballard, who is now looking at another lost season after missing nearly all of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard was carted off the field Friday, and is currently undergoing an MRI. A limited athlete prior to his injuries, it's questionable whether Ballard will ever be able to make it back. The Colts will move forward with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw as their top running backs. Dan Herron and Chris Rainey will compete for the No. 3 role.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 06:20:00 PM

Colts RB Vick Ballard will undergo an MRI after injuring his left ankle during Friday's training camp practice.

The extent is currently unclear, but Ballard had to be carted off the field on Friday. With Trent Richardson sitting out as a precaution, Ahmad Bradshaw worked as the Colts' starting tailback. Dan Herron was with the twos.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Colts RB Vick Ballard was carted off the field with a left ankle injury during Friday's practice.

Ballard suffered the injury running a pass route, and could put no weight on the joint after getting up. We'll have another update when we know more.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Vick Ballard (ACL) said he's passed a physical and been medically cleared.

Ballard tore his ACL in a Week 2 practice last season, so he's had significantly more rehab time than someone like Rob Gronkowski. Ballard expects to be on the field from Day 1 of training camp, at least on a limited basis. He'll fight with Ahmad Bradshaw for complementary reps at first, but could be called upon for a bigger role if Trent Richardson can't improve on his 2013 train wreck.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 09:21:00 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 08:38:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 29, 2014 02:20:00 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:47:00 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.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 10:58:00 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 08:43:00 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.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 10:23:00 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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Bryan Bennett
RB1Frank Gore
2Dan Herron
3Josh Robinson
4Zurlon Tipton
5Vick Ballard
GLB1Frank Gore
2Dan Herron
3RB1Frank Gore
2Dan Herron
FB1Tyler Varga
WR11T.Y. Hilton
2Phillip Dorsett
3Griff Whalen
4Vincent Brown
5Ezell Ruffin
WR21Andre Johnson
2Donte Moncrief
3Duron Carter
4Ryan Lankford
5Quan Bray
WR31Donte Moncrief
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Erik Swoope
5Jean Sifrin
K1Adam Vinatieri