Aug 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) watches from the sidelines during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis 44-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard is out for season


The Indianapolis Colts will need to find another source of production from their rushing offense after word came down that they’ll be without their primary option:

 


Not only is Ballard their primary back while Ahmad Bradshaw gets up to speed, he’s also their best pass-blocking back:

But, if the Colts’ season opener was any indication, Ballard has improved noticeably from 2012. Ballard was very effective in blocking, both from a technique and awareness standpoint, against the Raiders, which is a fantastic sign for the Colts, who need to build a NASA-like heat shield around Andrew Luck.

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton did say it would be ideal to split carries 50-50 between the two backs:

Pep Hamilton says Ahmad Bradshaw’s role will continue to expand over course of the season. Ideal carries be he and Ballard? 50/50 acc to Pep

 

In the team;s season-opening win over the Oakland Raiders, Ballard had 13 carries for 63 yards and one catch for minus-5 yards.

 

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