Colts running back Vick Ballard will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee and will be forced to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Ballard led Indianapolis in rushing yards as a rookie just a year ago, but will now be forced to spend the entirety of his sophomore season watching from the sidelines.
Ballard suffered the injury in Thursday’s practice in what was described as a “freakish” accident by Coach Chuck Pagano and teammates.
“Everybody saw it. They just gasped. He was going through the hole on a team drill. He was trying to weave through the line. His foot got caught in the ground and it happened,” said fellow Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw. “Nobody touched him.”
The 2012 fifth round draft pick had a solid campaign as a rookie last season including 814 yards off of 211 carries (roughly 3.9 yards per carry). He was expected by many to have a breakout year, which unfortunately is no longer possible.
“Vick will get through this and with his mindset and his work ethic he’ll come back stronger than ever in 2014,” said Pagano of his young running back.
Indianapolis had planned to split carries between Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bradshaw will now be getting the playing time. Bradshaw should be getting the majority of the carries, but it would not be surprising if former 1st round pick (2009 NFL Draft) Donald Brown saw some action as well moving forward.