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Report: Vick Ballard tore his Achilles

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The Colts saw running back Vick Ballard get carted off the field at practice on Friday and initial reports are that Ballard has suffered a severe injury for the second straight season.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Ballard tore his Achilles tendon during the workout. That sets up another lost season for Ballard, who tore his ACL in the first week of the 2013 season and missed the remainder of the season.

It also leaves the Colts looking a bit shaky at running back heading into the preseason. Trent Richardson did not impress anyone after arriving in Indianapolis in a trade with the Browns after Ballard got hurt last season and Ahmad Bradshaw ended last season on injured reserve with a neck injury. Bradshaw has also dealt with foot troubles throughout his career, which creates further reason to worry about their depth.

Dan Herron, Chris Rainey and Zurlon Tipton round out the running back group, which makes it seem likely that the Colts will be looking for help outside the organization if and when they confirm Ballard’s diagnosis. Michael Bush, Felix Jones, Ronnie Brown and Willis McGahee are some unsigned veteran options that could be of interest to the Colts.

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39 Responses to “Report: Vick Ballard tore his Achilles”
  1. bayareacolt says: Jul 25, 2014 6:32 PM

    Are you kidding me? Damn it….

  2. realdealsteel says: Jul 25, 2014 6:32 PM

    Our first legit injury of training camp in the NFL.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 25, 2014 6:33 PM

    A blown Achilles is one of those really really bad ones – right up there with blowing a patella tendon. Ouch — sorry for VB — hope he can fight his way back, but that’s a toughie.

  4. coltzfan166 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:36 PM

    PFT, Ahmad Bradshaw is still on the roster, isn’t he?

  5. mezter says: Jul 25, 2014 6:36 PM

    They may want to call the 49ers and see if they want to trade any of their RB’s.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 25, 2014 6:37 PM

    Vick told the driver to go straight back to Mississippi.

  7. general1santa1hannah1montana says: Jul 25, 2014 6:40 PM

    Looks like they’ll have to lean on their throwing game (again). Jadeveon Clowney must be salivating

  8. hoosiercolts says: Jul 25, 2014 6:43 PM

    I was really hoping he could stay healthy. We’ve been bitten by the injury bug so damn bad the past few years, it’s not even funny.

  9. erbsdad says: Jul 25, 2014 6:47 PM

    Mike Leshoure needs to get out of Detroit. We’ll take your worst CB.

  10. drewzducks says: Jul 25, 2014 6:48 PM

    The only two good people to EVER come out of Indiana are Larry Bird and Steve McQueen.

  11. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 25, 2014 6:50 PM

    Felix the “cat”

  12. rekroot says: Jul 25, 2014 6:51 PM

    Looks like Andrew Luck will be playing QB and RB. I’d say his value just went up.

  13. therealraider says: Jul 25, 2014 6:53 PM

    I miss Irsay’s wild drunk tweets.

  14. ufanforreal says: Jul 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    coltzfan166 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:36 PM

    PFT, Ahmad Bradshaw is still on the roster, isn’t he?
    ——————————————————
    Yes he is.

  15. brenenostler says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 PM

    As a Colts fan, I would love a trade with Seattle for Marshawn Lynch, if we have the cap space for him. And preferably don’t sacrifice a 1st rounder either.

  16. pacodawg says: Jul 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    Richardson is a stud. Reminds me of Eric Dickerson.

  17. nevernudetobias says: Jul 25, 2014 7:10 PM

    At that position, this may be it for his career. Teams won’t likely be lining up for a guy with these back to back injuries. Have never heard a bad word about the kid. It’s a shame.

  18. ufanforreal says: Jul 25, 2014 7:15 PM

    brenenostler says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 PM

    As a Colts fan, I would love a trade with Seattle for Marshawn Lynch, if we have the cap space for him. And preferably don’t sacrifice a 1st rounder either.
    —————————————————–
    The four-year, $30 million contract Lynch signed in March 2012 already has paid him $17 million. The $7.5 million average per year remains among the top six for NFL running backs,
    Don’t think the Colts are willing to pay that big a price this season.

  19. 6ball says: Jul 25, 2014 7:23 PM

    .
    Here’s an example of why players will sometimes be solely driven by their contract. Their careers are one play away from being over.
    .

  20. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:29 PM

    Trent Richardson is gonna be fine, watch. Had no idea what he was doing in an offense he didn’t know last year, and it looked like it.

  21. edelmanfanclub says: Jul 25, 2014 7:36 PM

    At least he made it to the show. Sorry kid, career is over. He was good when healthy.

  22. h1ndrix says: Jul 25, 2014 7:38 PM

    Richardson is a stud. Reminds me of Eric Dickerson.

    More like Dick Erickson….I’m not sure what that means.

  23. mf7krime says: Jul 25, 2014 7:38 PM

    Balls.

  24. bonnovi says: Jul 25, 2014 7:42 PM

    Thus is first in a long series of ligament tears across NFL training camps this summer.

  25. cags777 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    That sucks to hear. Sorry Colts fans. Sorry Ballard.

  26. raiderapologist says: Jul 25, 2014 8:01 PM

    Condolences to Ballard on the injury. Still, I thought this was now a passing league, with running backs being more or less interchangeable. There appears to be an unwelcome amount of attention devoted to the position lately.

  27. flyeaglesfly13 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:04 PM

    They should send Richardson and a 1st round pick to Seattle for lynch

  28. uglydingo says: Jul 25, 2014 8:15 PM

    Don’t worry. It’s about time for Trent Richardson to come good. And if he still fails to improve, Jim Irsay will get busy on twitter and negotiate a blockbuste trade.

  29. chargersdiehard says: Jul 25, 2014 8:44 PM

    We will give you Donald Brown back for Reggie Wayne!

  30. lanzurrah says: Jul 25, 2014 9:20 PM

    Donald Brown for a 1st and a 3rd. :)

  31. bigginfragable says: Jul 25, 2014 9:26 PM

    Hey Indy. Tampa here.

    Ahhhhhhhhh, you got any Guards? I got a whole pile of RB’s here.

  32. clashpoint says: Jul 25, 2014 9:39 PM

    Oh wow, that’s just tough. I think I’ll use this as an example why sometimes players hold out next time I’m in that argument.
    ……..
    6ball says:
    Jul 25, 2014 7:23 PM
    .
    Here’s an example of why players will sometimes be solely driven by their contract. Their careers are one play away from being over.
    …….

    Quoted for truth. This poor guy worked his butt off to come back from last year and here he goes again. I wish him all my best in his recovery and I hope he gets another chance next year.

  33. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM

    Sucks for Ballard, the guy can’t catch a break. The least talented RB situation in the league. The Colt’s as a whole are very limited talent wise as it is and if Luck struggles this will be a rough season for them.

  34. rajbais says: Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM

    Poor guy. He hasn’t been able to catch a break no matter how well he plays.

    It’s sad that the guy who’s outplayed T-Rich over the past two seasons is cursed the way he is.

    I hope he’s back on the field soon.

  35. jetsfaninindy says: Jul 25, 2014 10:23 PM

    Feel bad for the cat. That being said, Colts fans continue to make Ballard out to be Bo Jackson. On a team with decent backs, he is the 3rd back. Maybe a FB type. He is ok.

  36. stevent92 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    The Colts should trade a first-rounder for an already-drafted first round RB.

  37. Ed Bandell says: Jul 26, 2014 3:11 AM

    “Trent Richardson is gonna be fine, watch. Had no idea what he was doing in an offense he didn’t know last year, and it looked like it.”

    Then what was his excuse for the other years he’s been in the NFL?

    Now that we know the Ray Rice suspension won’t be for too long, the Ravens have a few Running Backs that might be available. You guys want Justin Forsett?

  38. daggolden says: Jul 26, 2014 5:25 AM

    Trent Richardson is gonna be fine, watch. Had no idea what he was doing in an offense he didn’t know last year, and it looked like it.
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    Just run through the open hole. Its not rocket science

  39. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 26, 2014 10:39 AM

    Wrong Vick.

    Good luck VB.

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