Colts lose RB Ballard (torn ACL) for season

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts‘ running game has taken a substantial hit.

Running back Vick Ballard will undergo season-ending surgery on a torn ACL in his right knee, coach Chuck Pagano said Friday. Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that Ballard has been placed on injured reserve.

Ballard, who as a rookie led the Colts in rushing last season, was injured in a non-contact drill during Thursday’s practice, according to Pagano. Ballard was listed as being limited in practice on the team’s injury report Thursday evening.

Ballard paced the Colts with 63 rushing yards in a 21-17 season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Colts had planned to team Ballard with Ahmad Bradshaw, who signed with Indianapolis in the offseason, to give the offense a running duo to complement the receiving and tight end groups.

Now the load will go to Bradshaw, who sat out the entire preseason while recovering from offseason foot surgery, and Donald Brown. Bradshaw had seven rushes for 26 yards in the opener; Brown, who is in his fifth season, didn’t receive a carry against the Raiders.

Indianapolis hosts the Miami Dolphins (1-0) on Sunday.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

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