Injuries in the NFL are always unfortunate for the player going through them, but the can be the breakthrough opportunity for someone sitting behind him, and that could be the case in Indianapolis. After the Colts lost running back Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury suffered in practice on Thursday, the team is left with a lot of uncertainty at the RB position.
Another potential option for the Colts is to bring back Delone Carter, who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason, but didn’t make the Ravens’ roster and now is a free agent.
Speaking of free agents, Michael Turner is still awaiting a contract offer. Despite averaging only 3.6 yards-per-carry in 2012, Turner averaged at least 4.1 ypc in each of his eight prior NFL seasons. He still should be a decent short-yardage and goal-line back.
Willis McGahee could be a viable option. In each of his nine seasons, McGahee has averaged at least 3.8 yards per carry, and prior to a season-ending injury last year, he’d rushed for 731 yards with a 4.4 yards-per-carry average.
Regardless of who they go with, the offense will remain on the shoulders of quarterback Andrew Luck.