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33 Vick Ballard RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/226 | Birthdate: 7/16/1990 | Birthplace: Pascagoula, MS, USA | Team: Indianapolis | College: Mississippi State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 206.00
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Vick Ballard says he's been cleared to practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:21 am ET) Colts running back Vick Ballard said he's been cleared for practice and expects to be on the field for the start of training camp, ESPN reported Wednesday morning. Ballard tore his ACL last September and missed nearly all of the 2013 season. 

Don't count out Vick Ballard in Colts' backfield competition


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) All signs point to Colts running back Vick Ballard being ready for training camp, reports ESPN.com. Ballard tore his ACL in Week 2 last season, making a cut in practice.

The website says Ballard won't necessarily be the No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, noting Richardson flopped last year and Bradshaw (neck) needs to prove he can stay healthy.

Ballard ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.


Pagano breaks down Colts' backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he's looking forward to the competition at running back between Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard .

"It’s going to be great competition, I know that," Pagano said. "Certainly with Trent, Ahmad and Vick coming back. It’s a good problem that we have. It’s going to create great competition at the position."

Pagano said the health for Bradshaw (neck) and Ballard (ACL) will determine their usage early on this season. Both finished last year on injured reserve.

"We know what Trent is capable of doing," Pagano said. "Trent is going to be so much better in our second season with us. Just having an offseason, knowing the offense and feeling more comfortable and knowing the pieces around him and having chemistry with our offensive line. There’s going to be great competition there. You have to have one guy you call your bell cow, who is going to get the lion's share of the snaps. We have a lot of options there. It's good to have multiple backs."

Pagano said bringing back Bradshaw was a no-brainer.

"You watched him play," Pagano said. "The guy is a warrior, he's a fierce, fierce competitor and I knew once he got the diagnosis, knew what he had to go through from a rehab standpoint that there was no question once the doctor said you're going to be fine he'd come back. That's in his DNA. He doesn't know anything else. He doesn't want to do anything else."


Who will start for Colts at running back?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) It remains unclear who will start at running back for the Colts, and the question could stay unanswered until Week 1, reports ESPN.com. Trent Richardson is coming back from a shoulder cleanup, Vick Ballard is returning from a torn ACL, and Donald Brown is headed to free agency.

General manager Ryan Grigson is in no rush to provide the answer.

“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” he told the website. “Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it's who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that's the mindset. You're either all in or all out."


Vick Ballard talks about lost 2013 season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Colts running back Vick Ballard will try in 2014 to bounce back from what he describes as a traumatic experience.

Ballard was excited after the season opener, during which he helped his team to a victory over the Raiders by rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries. He was coming off a 2012 season in which he served as the featured back and performed well.

Four days later, his season was over. Ballard blew out his knee in practice the week after that game and was done.

"It was like my world got turned upside down," he told the team website. "At one moment I was on top of the world, then, boom. It was definitely a blow."


Vick Ballard's rehab going well


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Colts running back Vick Ballard said his rehab from a torn ACL is going well and he expects to be ready for spring OTAs, reports the Herald Bulletin. Ballard suffered the injury in practice before Week 2.

It's official: Vick Ballard on IR


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard has been placed on IR, according to NFL.com. Ballard hurt his knee in Thursday practice and is out for the year.

Report: Knee injury wipes out season for Vick Ballard


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard is out for the season with a knee injury sustained in Thursday practice, the Indianapolis Star is reporting.

Ballard had emerged as the prime focus of the team's ground game. He rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries in the Week 1 defeat of Oakland while Ahmad Bradshaw had just seven carries for 26 yards. Ballard was in on 41 plays to Bradshaw's 15.

The loss of Ballard should elevate Bradshaw into the featured back spot. The injury stunts the progress of Ballard, who rushed for 814 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.


Vick Ballard appears on injury report with knee


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard was limited in practice Thursday, due to a knee injury. It is not clear when he suffered the injury, as this is the first time he has appeared on the injury report this week. His status for Week 2 against the Dolphins is not yet known.

Vick Ballard could struggle against Miami


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) In Week 1 against the Raiders, the Colts tilted their running back workload towards Vick Ballard, who picked up 13 carries to Ahmad Bradshaw's seven. Moving forward that could begin to look like a more equitable split, according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

While that seems to be the plan down the road, Ballard is likely to remain the recipient of more carries for the foreseeable future, assuming the knee issue that limited him in practice Thursday does not cost him time. Bradshaw was the better runner in Week 1, and should see more playing time in Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Unfortunately, that does not necessarily make Ballard a promising Fantasy option for this week, as the Dolphins boast a stout rushing defense. Miami held Trent Richardson to just 47 yards on 13 carries in Week 1, continuing a pattern from last season. Miami allowed opponents to rush for just 108.4 yards per game last season on 4.0 carries per game, both of which ranked in the top 13 in the league.

Ballard is still a worthwhile flex option while he receives a larger share of the workload. But Fantasy owners should not tie themselves down to him in Week 2 with a tough matchup.  


Is Vick Ballard the Colts' top running back going forward?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard led the team in carries and playing time among rushers -- namely Ahmad Bradshaw -- in Week 1 vs. the Raiders, though he didn't exactly dominate in the stat line. Ballard turned his 13 carries into a nice 63 yards with a catch for minus-5 yards. He had five carries for at least 7 yards, a nice plus. 

But it's that playing time that really stands out. Save for a third quarter series that ended with a turnover on downs, Ballard played regularly for the Colts. I'm not sure that will continue as the season goes on because once Bradshaw gets his legs under him he's going to take more work away. 

For now, Ballard is fine as a Flex option. Use him as such in Week 2 against Miami. 


Vick Ballard runs for 63 yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard ran the ball 13 times for 63 yards in Sunday's 21-17 victory over the Raiders. Ballard also caught one pass for -5 yards. he was targeted twice.

While Ballard started the game and got the majority of the carries, Ahmad Bradshaw managed 26 yards on seven carries, getting most of his work in the third quarter. 

Ballard and the Colts face the Dolphins in Week 2. 


Vick Ballard starting over Ahmad Bradshaw


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard is expected to start the Week 1 game against the Raiders. Ballard was listed over Ahmad Bradshaw on the depth chart and that is how the Colts will lineup to begin Week 1 Sunday, the Indianapolis Star reports. 

Being bullish on Vick Ballard


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/6/2013) The Raiders play at the Colts, a matchup that should more than benefit anyone with a blue horseshoe on his helmet. But Vick Ballard, the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw, could land some meaningful playing time and come away with some nice stats against Oakland's miserable defense. 

Bradshaw didn't get many practice reps in August and missed all four of the Colts' preseason games. But offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton made it clear that there "will be enough opportunities to go around" in the run game as the team eases Bradshaw back onto the field after offseason foot surgery. The thinking here is that Bradshaw will see a good amount of work early on, then make way for Ballard either on a rotational basis or once the game is in hand for the Colts. 

Ballard finished last season as Indy's top running back and while his results weren't gaudy he at least was able to play effectively. The Colts know what they have in him and can trust him. 

There won't be many weeks where Ballard is start-worthy. This is one of them. As I said in my Winning Fantasy Calls, consider him a good Flex play. You can check out more non-obvious players to start in Week 1 here


Keep Vick Ballard on standby mode


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/4/2013) With Ahmad Bradshaw likely playing on Sunday -- and with him having a history (especially last year) of getting essentially a full load of carries when he plays -- things look relatively bleak for Vick Ballard. But it might be wise to keep him on standby mode for a few reasons. 

First, this is a new team with a new philosophy for Bradshaw. Just because Tom Coughlin gave him a ton of carries doesn't mean that Chuck Pagano will afford Bradshaw the same luxury. 

Second, the Colts' Week 1 opponent, the Raiders, aren't expected to be very strong defensively. They allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2012 and have put up terrible preseason performances. 

Third, Ballard may factor into the offense regardless. We have an inkling of an idea of how Pep Hamilton will run the Indy offense (run first, by his own admission), but it could involve plenty of factors, including more rotation of running backs. 

Ballard had an ADP of 123.3 this season, so he's probably on most benches for Week 1. Unless something happens with Bradshaw, it's probably best to keep it that way for now, just to get a better idea of how Ballard works into the Colts' new-look offense. 


Kerwynn Williams leads Colts ground game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) The Colts running game was not that exciting in Saturday's preseason blowout win over the Browns. In fact, it was Kerwynn Williams leading the way with nine carries for 37 yards in the 27-6 win.

With Andrew Luck throwing the ball around, starter Vick Ballard led the Colts with 10 touches, but finished with just 33 rushing yards. With Ahmad Bradshaw nearing a return, Ballard needs to continue making impact.

Backup running back Donald Brown finished the game with five carries for 35 yards. None of the RBs for the Colts scored in the win.

Vick Ballard has miserable night


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) The Colts came into Sunday night's game against the Giants intent on running the ball. But starting tailback Vick Ballard could not get going.

Ballard's first two carries went for negative yardage. He finished with four carries for four yards before being lifted for Donald Brown in the second quarter.

With Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) reportedly close to returning to action, Ballard's tenure as the starter appears to be in serious jeopardy.


Vick Ballard starts, averages 6 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Colts running back Vick Ballard started Sunday's preseason opener against the Bills and ran three times for 18 yards. Ballard is the starter at least until Ahmad Bradshaw returns from his foot injury, which could be as early as this week.


Fantasy owners should be jittery about Ahmad Bradshaw


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/30/2013) I've been a staunch supporter of Ahmad Bradshaw this summer but with the news that he's still a couple of weeks away from practicing with the Colts, I'm getting just a little bit nervous. 

Bradshaw has never missed the start of a training camp, even with all of the offseason surgeries he's had. If he's back in a couple of weeks as the Colts report suggests, there should be an opportunity for him to participate in the team's third preseason game vs. Cleveland on Aug. 24 before getting rested and ready for the Week 1 opener vs. the Raiders, which already looks like a fantastic matchup for him. 

Bradshaw's never missed more than four games in a season and is still a spry 27 years old. He also doesn't necessarily need weeks and weeks of training camp practices to get into shape though he would need some time to get the offense down and get his body ready for the hitting. But blindly banking on him as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in the face of this report is bold, if not ignorant. Owners should take some caution.

Luckily, Vick Ballard isn't in much demand. The assumed backup to Bradshaw is an easy get in drafts in Round 9. If Bradshaw becomes yours in Round 5 (or maybe Round 6 in the wake of this news), coming back for Ballard safeguards your lineup and gives some decent running back depth in the process.   


Ballard has company in Bradshaw


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2013) In May, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said running back Vick Ballard was "the lead guy" in the backfield. That was before Ahmad Bradshaw joined the team. Now, Ballard will likely have to battle Bradshaw for playing time after he signed with the Colts on Tuesday.

Pagano says Ballard is 'lead guy'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2013) Vick Ballard has company in the Colts' backfield with Donald Brown, Delone Carter and rookie Kerwynn Williams, but he still stands as the primary rusher heading into training camp according to head coach Chuck Pagano. "It's always nice to have a couple guys, a change of pace guy," he said. "But certainly at the end of the year with Donnie hurt and the way Vick came on and the way he was running, he was getting the lion’s share of the snaps. At this point, yeah, he’s sitting there as the lead guy. ... Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can [Donald Brown] be an every-down guy? Yeah. They are different types of runners and are more than capable on third down, knowing the protections and picking up blitzers and being effective once they get out to catch the football and doing those things out of the backfield."

Pagano fond of Ballard


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/19/2013) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix that he considers Vick Ballard a lead running back. "He’s tough, he’s always getting positive yards," Pagano said. "Unless there’s just a complete blow up in the backfield, he’s going to get you those extra yards. You saw last year, where he was able to convert late in the game. We’re trying to take the air out of the game, and close the thing out, and he was able to do that on several occasions. The play he made in overtime to beat Tennessee. Just a tough, hard-nose, between the tackles guy, that’s always going to get positive yards. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field. He’s going to grind out 100 yards when you hand him the ball. He’s one of those guys that as the game gets longer, the more carries he has, the better he gets."

Colts have workhorse in Ballard


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/7/2013) The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts running back Vick Ballard has established himself as a featured option heading into 2013. The report says Ballard "acquitted himself extraordinarily well. The organization seems to have found a workhorse. Ballard averaged 21 carries per game the last five games.

Ballard performs well in loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2013) Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard rushed for a team-high 91 yards on 22 carries during a 24-9 loss to the Ravens in a Wild Card playoff game Sunday. Ballard's longest rush went 24 yards. He added one catch for 3 yards and did not record a touchdown.

Ballard ready for Ravens


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/4/2013) Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard is set to play in his first playoff game at Baltimore in Wild Card weekend, and he heads into this matchup playing well. Ballard has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games, but he has just two touchdowns over that span. This matchup could be tough since the Ravens get linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) back, which should help their leaky run defense. Baltimore has allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing running backs this season and 10 have reached double digits in Fantasy points.