The Indianapolis Colts lost a key component to their offense on Friday. Second-year running back, Vick Ballard, was placed on the Colts' Injury Reserved List. Ballard will be sidelined due to a knee injury that occurred during practice on Thursday.
According to Colts Head Coach, Chuck Pagano, Ballard tore his ACL during a non-contact play during practice. The young running back will undergo surgery, keeping him from playing again this season.
During his rookie season, Ballard led the Colts in rushing with 966 yards. In the Colts' opener last Sunday, he ran for 63 yards on 13 carries.
After Bruce Arians accepted his first head coaching position in Arizona, the Colts hired Stanford's Pep Hamilton as the new offensive coordinator. Hamilton had planned to get the running game more involved this season to add another dimension to the Colts offensive attack. Ballard's injury will make this goal more difficult to achieve.
During their week 1 battle with the Oakland Raiders, the Colts' offense struggled to get points on the board. Andrew Luck was rushed, hit and sacked more times than the Colts would have preferred. While many may point fingers at the offensive line, CEO Jim Irsay made it clear more people hold the responsibility to protect Luck. With Ballard out, the Colts lose a player strong in pass protection which will not help the cause.
Luckily, the Colts acquired a proven veteran running back during the off-season. The starter position now falls to Ahmad Bradshaw who the Colts signed during the off-season. Bradshaw is certainly prepared for the responsibility. He rushed for 1,015 yards and 6 touchdowns for the New York Giants in 2012.
Colts Injury Report for week 2
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Dwayne Allen, TE
Pat Angerer, ILB
Kravell Conner, ILB
Jerrell Freeman, ILB
David Reed, WR
Erik Walden, OLB