Indianapolis Colts
Position
RB
 
Jersey
33
Name  Vick Ballard
Born  7/16/1990
Height  5-11
Weight  217
College  Mississippi State
7/25/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: 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
Insight: Ballard 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.
 
9/13/2013 12:53:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in practice on Thursday.
Insight: Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards in the opener while Ahmad Bradshaw had just seven carries for 26 yards. The injury elevates Bradshaw to the No. 1 role with Donald Brown as his backup.
 
9/12/2013 4:28:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard was limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury.
Insight: Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards in the opener while Ahmad Bradshaw had just seven carries for 26 yards. Colts OC Pep Hamilton said Thursday that the ideal situation would be a 50-50 split in carries between the two.
 
9/10/2013 2:45:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard was on the field for 39 plays as compared to just 15 for Ahmad Bradshaw.
Insight: Bradshaw didn't play at all in the preseason and has to work his way back into game shape. Ballard rushed 13 times for 63 yards and caught two balls for one yard. Eventually a healthy Bradshaw will take the lead, but apparently he's not there yet.
 
5/15/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Colts coach Chuck Pagano said running back Vick Ballard was the "lead guy" in the backfield, according to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.
Insight: With Brown hurting, Ballard rushed for 814 yards and two rushing touchdowns and caught 17 balls for 152 yards last season. We expect that if Brown is healthy he'll get a good portion of the workload, but for now Ballard is the No. 1 option.
 
12/30/2012 4:38:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
Insight: As long as your league doesn't count yards per carry, that's a serviceable fantasy day. In fact, Ballard's season numbers (814 yards, two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdowns) are just that -- serviceable.
 
Hot12/17/2012 3:52:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard could set a personal best for the third consecutive week in his game next Sunday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Ballard surpassed his one-week old personal best with a career-high 104 yards on 18 carries Sunday against the Texans and could do it again in Week 16 with Delone Carter expected to miss the game.
 
12/9/2012 7:19:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard had a career-high 91 yards on 19 carries Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Ballard didn't score a touchdown but he gave fantasy owners some confidence going into Week 15 at Houston. With Donald Brown out, no other Colts RB carried more than three times.
 
12/5/2012 1:52:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard will get all the work with Donald Brown already declared out for Week 14 against Tennessee.
Insight: Ballard totaled 62 yards and a touchdown last week, but should improve on those numbers this week as a workhorse running back.
 
12/2/2012 12:10:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard will get all the work with Donald Brown active but injured for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Ballard had just 13 carries for 41 yards last weekend versus Buffalo, but should improve on those numbers this week and the workhorse running back.
 
11/25/2012 12:23:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard will start over Donald Brown at running back Sunday against Buffalo. SOURCE: Phillip Wilson, Indianapolis Star
Insight: The Bills have allowed the most fantasy points in the NFL to opposing running backs (24.1), making Ballard a solid flex play Sunday.
 
11/6/2012 6:36:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard has a favorable matchup and a seemingly clear path to the starting job Thursday against the Jaguars.
Insight: Jacksonville has given up 23.3 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, third most in the NFL. Donald Brown (knee) didn't practice Tuesday and it doesn't look like he'll be able to go Thursday.
 
10/22/2012 11:15:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Vick Ballard had a better performance Sunday than he did in the previous game, running for 84 yards on 20 carries.
Insight: Ballard only had 25 yards on eight carries in Week 6 against the Jets but performed better against the Browns Sunday. He'll hold onto the starting job for another week until Donald Brown returns. He has a very favorable matchup in Week 7 against Tennessee.
 
10/19/2012 12:45:00 PM
Description: Ballard's first starting gig resulted in just 25 yards rushing and a disappointing fantasy total.
Insight: Fantasy owners had three new starters to choose from last weekend in Alex Green, William Powell and Ballard. Those who chose Ballard have apparently not seen the difficulty the Colts' offensive line is having opening up holes. Ballard was also indecisive, a deadly combination.
 
10/18/2012 3:26:00 PM
Description: Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star doesn't think Vick Ballard is the answer to the team's running woes, at least not at first glance. "Part of the problem was the inability of the offensive line to create much push or space," Chappell said. "But on occasion, Ballard was indecisive and slow to the hole."
Insight: Ballard will shoulder the load while Donald Brown is out of the lineup after having knee surgery but he isn't a reliable fantasy option.
 
10/14/2012 5:50:00 PM
Description: Indianpolis running back Vick Ballard rushed eight times for 25 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards.
Insight: Filling in for the injured Donald Brown, who went down with a knee injury late in last week's win over the Packers, Ballard proved to be of little fantasy value. The rookie out of Mississippi State will likely get one more chance next week as Brown isn't due to return for another week or two.
 
10/10/2012 3:30:00 PM
Description: Indianpolis running back Vick Ballard will get the nod as the team's starter Sunday versus the Jets.
Insight: Ballard is filling in for the injured Donald Brown, who went down with a knee injury late in last week's win over the Packers. The rookie out of Mississippi State hasn't shown us a whole lot in 2012 (42 yards on 21 rushing attempts) so we're not optimistic about his chances Sunday against New York.
 
9/6/2012 10:56:00 PM
Description: According to the Sporting News, Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard is likely to be the team's primary backup to Donald Brown.
Insight: Ballard has proven to be an adequate blocker and reliable receiver. The team also has Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore behind the uninspiring Brown. Brown is the player to own right now but Ballard could be worth a stash once we see what his role with the team will be.