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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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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. Jul 25 - 6:20 PM

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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.
Jul 25 - 4:44 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.
Jul 25 - 2:42 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.
Jul 23 - 9:21 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.
Jul 5 - 8:38 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.
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

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