Ballard hopes to be on the field when the Colts take the field for training camp on Aug. 2. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Ballard was drafted along with Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft (5th Round). During his rookie season Ballard looked like the back that was going to own the back field for the Colts for years to come. He ran for 814 yards along with 2 TDs. Make no mistake, Frank Gore is the guy to own at the running back position, but if Ballard battles back he can learn a lot from Gore and take over the number two spot. I know Dan Herron had an impressive post season last year, but Ballard may cause some serious competition.
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.
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.