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current status: Achilles tendon, injured reserve
#33 RB | 5'10", 226 lbs. | Indianapolis
Birth Date:July 16, 1990 (24 years old) Place of Birth:Pascagoula, MS Hometown:Pascagoula, MS College:Mississippi State
Drafted:Drafted by Indianapolis in 2012 (5/170).
Drafted:Drafted by Indianapolis in 2012 (5/170).
|Assets:||Powerful running the ball inside, yet also blessed with uncommonly quick feet for his bulk. Cuts with authority through holes and gets to top speed in a hurry. Goes all out for extra yardage. Blocks well. A solid receiver out of the backfield.|
|Flaws:||Lack's top-tier long speed and doesn't really run to daylight. Sometimes forces things looking for an opening and will run into tackles. Lacks great size for his bruising style, which may take a toll over time.|
|Career Potential:||Quality running back.|
Movements & Injuries
|8/26/2014||Achilles tendon, injured reserve.|
|9/13/2013||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|5/16/2012||Signed by the Indianapolis Colts to a four-year contract.|
|4/28/2012||Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 5th round (170th Overall) in 2012.|
Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN | 07/25/2014 8:06 PM
NewsColts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
ImpactBallard played one game in 2013 before tearing his right ACL during practice. With only injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and former sixth-rounder Dan Herron as backups, the Colts really need Trent Richardson to come through in 2014.
Vick Ballard on track for training camp | 07/05/2014 8:38 PM
NewsColts RB Vick Ballard (knee) is on track for training camp.
ImpactBallard didn't participate in offseason workouts and will open camp as the No. 3 running back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. He's reportedly close to 100 percent, but his effectiveness coming off a major injury is in question. Ballard is 10 months removed from September ACL surgery.
Vick Ballard sitting out this week's OTAs | 05/29/2014 2:20 PM
NewsColts RB Vick Ballard (knee) isn't participating in this week's OTAs sessions.
Phillip Wilson on Twitter
ImpactA 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.
Vick Ballard reportedly close to 100 percent | 05/05/2014 10:47 AM
NewsVick Ballard (knee) is reportedly close to 100 percent.
ImpactBallard 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 off camp behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Vick Ballard (knee) remains on schedule | 03/21/2014 10:58 AM
NewsColts GM Ryan Grigson said Vick Ballard's (knee) recovery remains on schedule.
Mike Chappell on Twitter
ImpactBallard tore his ACL in Week 1 last season but supposedly looks "great" with OTAs set to kick off next month. He might to 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.
Grigson wants competition at every spot | 02/27/2014 8:43 AM
NewsWhen asked about his running back situation, Colts GM Ryan Grigson said "the best players play."
ImpactGrigson 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.
Vick Ballard says he'll be ready for OTAs | 01/13/2014 10:23 AM
NewsVick Ballard (knee) believes he'll be ready for OTAs.
George Bremer on Twitter
ImpactBallard 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.
Vick Ballard tears ACL, out rest of season | 09/13/2013 12:50 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his ACL in Thursday's practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
Stephen Holder on Twitter
ImpactThe Colts have already placed Ballard on season-ending injured reserve and promoted Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to serve as the No. 3 back. 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 will set him back.
Vick Ballard done for season with knee injury | 09/13/2013 12:25 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colts RB Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's practice.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactBallard popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, but there was zero indication the injury was this severe. This news 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.
Vick Ballard added to injury report Thursday | 09/12/2013 4:18 PM
NewsVick Ballard was added to the Colts' injury report with a knee issue Thursday, and was listed as "limited."
ImpactThe 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.
Pagano raves about Ballard's pass pro | 09/10/2013 8:17 AM
NewsCoach Chuck Pagano called Vick Ballard's Week 1 pass protection performance "unbelievable."
Jeremiah Johnson on Twitter
ImpactOne 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.
Vick Ballard operates as Colts lead back | 09/08/2013 4:21 PM
NewsVick Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards and lost five yards on his lone reception in the Colts' Week 1 win over the Raiders.
ImpactBallard 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.
Pep Hamilton is unsure of Week 1 RB split | 09/05/2013 12:21 PM
NewsOffensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said his running back pecking order for Week 1 is "yet to be determined."
Phillip Wilson on Twitter
ImpactIf there's ever going to be a time when Vick Ballard gets a big workload, this is it. Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is still working his way into the mix and the Colts figure to be nursing a big lead against the lowly Raiders. Eventually, we're expecting Ballard to take a clear backseat to Bradshaw in the Colts' committee.
Vick Ballard to be Colts' No. 2 running back | 06/18/2013 10:54 PM
NewsVick Ballard is expected to open the season as the Colts' No. 2 back.
AFC Team-by-Team Notes
ImpactThe Ahmad Bradshaw signing was a clear indication of GM Ryan Grigson's feelings about his running back corps; he recognized it wasn't good enough with Ballard in the lead role. Ballard will be no more than a low-end flex pick in fantasy drafts. In his AFC Team-by-Team Notes column accessible at the link below, Rotoworld's Evan Silva breaks down the Colts' projected 2013 backfield.
Colts OC Hamilton to run the football more | 06/02/2013 9:29 AM
NewsNew Colts OC Pep Hamilton wants his offense to be "able to run the football."
National Football Post
Impact"You have to have balance in your offense," Hamilton said. "The teams I've been a part of where the quarterback has been effective and offensively we've had success consistently were the teams that were able to run the football." The Colts ran the ball just 39.7 percent of the time last season under Bruce Arians, but that will change this season. Coach Chuck Pagano recently confirmed that Vick Ballard is his "lead guy," but we don't like him as much more than a low RB2.
Coach Pagano: Vick Ballard is the lead guy | 05/15/2013 12:04 PM
NewsCoach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Vick Ballard is "sitting there as the lead guy" in his backfield.
Ballard to be a 'workhorse' for Colts? | 01/07/2013 12:38 PM
NewsThe Indianapolis Star believes the Colts have found a "workhorse" in Vick Ballard.
ImpactGM Ryan Grigson's top priorities will be fixing Andrew Luck's pass protection on the offensive line and upgrading the run defense. The Colts have enough holes that running back is relatively low on the list. Ballard has moved ahead of Donald Brown in the organization's eyes. Expect him to enter next season as the feature back.
Ballard totals 94 yards in playoff loss | 01/06/2013 6:05 PM
NewsVick Ballard rushed 22 times for 91 yards and added one reception for three yards at Baltimore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
ImpactBallard was stopped for a gain of two yards or less on nine of his carries in an inconsistent ground attack. The Colts never got close enough to the end zone for a goal-line opportunity. A workhorse back down the stretch, the fifth-rounder from Mississippi State finished the season as fantasy's No. 27 back. While Ballard is the favorite to enter next season as the starter, the Colts may bring in stiffer competition at the position.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Carries||13||vs. Oak||Week 1||27|
|Rushing Yards||63||vs. Oak||Week 1||105|
|Rushing TD||0||vs. Oak||Week 1||1|
|Receptions||1||vs. Oak||Week 1||3|
|Receiving Yards||-5||vs. Oak||Week 1||38|
|Receiving TD||0||vs. Oak||Week 1||1|
|Total Yards||58||vs. Oak||Week 1||105|
|Total TD||0||vs. Oak||Week 1||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||814||2012 (Ind)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||3.9||2012 (Ind)|
|Rushing TD||2||2012 (Ind)|
|Receiving Yards||152||2012 (Ind)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||8.9*||2012 (Ind)|
|Receiving TD||1||2012 (Ind)|
|Total Yards||966||2012 (Ind)|
|Total TD||3||2012 (Ind)|