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By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 8:17pm EDT

Vick Ballard suffered an injury to his left lower leg and had to be carted off the field in today's afternoon practice session. The injury is being described as a probable tear to his Achilles tendon. If confirmed with a forthcoming MRI, it will certainly mean the end of Ballard's 2014 campaign (Source: The Indianapolis Star)

Fantasy Impact: The injury occurred during the non contact portion of practice, the same as his ACL tear from last season. The Colts will now have to look for rush support from likely starter Trent Richardson to improve upon last season's dismal performance. The oft injured veteran Ahmad Bradshaw will be the primary threat to that role.

By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 11:19am EDT

Vick Ballard, returning from an ACL tear last season, enters training camp in a three way competition for the lead role with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. (Source: Indy Star)

Fantasy Impact: Ballard showed he can be an effective back when healthy. The Colts look to move away from their run first system from last season and employ more of a "score first" approach, per Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton. That may indicate a move towards a committee in the backfield, with three quality backs. It will warrant monitoring reps as training camp progresses to bring clarity to this murky situation.

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