(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis running game has taken a major hit as running back Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn ACL.
Ballard was injured during the team’s practice on Thursday when he was injured during a non-contact drill.
The second-year back led the Colts in rushing last season, and was being leaned on to carry the load out of the backfield. Now, he’s done after just one game.
“We all know Vick was headed towards having a fabulous year,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know and understand injuries are part of this game. We’ll deal with it. Nobody handles adversity quite like this team in this locker room. Vick will get through this, and with his mindset and his work ethic he’ll come back stronger than ever in 2014.”
To help ease the loss of Ballard, the Colts are expected to lean more on running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who signed with the team during the offseason.
Bradshaw ran for over 1,000 yards twice during his six year career with the New York Giants.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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