The Indianapolis Colts took a huge loss to their backfield this week, when second-year running back Vick Ballard suffered a torn right ACL during practice Thursday. Ballard suffered the injury in a non-contact drill according to reports, and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.
Ballard led the Colts in rushing with 814 yards on 211 carries (3.9 yards per carry) as a rookie last season. He was also the Colts’ leading rusher in their season-opening 21-17 victory over the Raiders last Sunday.
Indianapolis signed veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw over the summer to split carries with Ballard, but Bradshaw has been limited by a foot injury in recent weeks. Bradshaw had seven carries for 26 yards in the opener, and now will be expected to carry a larger immediate role in the Colts offense going forward.
The Colts drafted Ballard in the fifth round (170th overall) in 2012 out of Mississippi State. He is expected to undergo surgery soon as should be able to return for the 2014 season, barring any setbacks.
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