UPDATE: Colts RB Vick Ballard out for season with torn ACL
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UPDATE: Colts RB Vick Ballard out for season with torn ACL

Update: It has been confirmed that running back Vick Ballard @VickBallard will be placed on injured reserve and is done for the season after he tore his right ACL during Thursday's practice.


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Colts running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season after he suffered an unspecified knee injury during Thursday's practice. Ballard was added to the team's injury report on Thursday. That wasn't seen as a big deal until now. With Ballard gone, the Colts will depend on Ahmad Bradshaw @AhmadBradshaw to take on more work, and Donald Brown @Donaldb31 should be involved as well.

Fantasy Analysis:

You might not like Brown after a few years of unrealized potential, but I think he should be added in most leagues. Bradshaw will still be worked back into the offense slowly, so Brown will have some value as he splits the carries and probably sees some time on passing downs because of his receiving skills. Bradshaw's value gets a little bump up, but I wouldn't say he's an immediate RB2 because of this injury. The Colts still have a full season of keeping him healthy to think about. They aren't going to suddenly rush him and give him 20 carries this week. For this week specifically, I think Bradshaw is only an average flex play versus the Dolphins' strong run defense. He will own this backfield soon, but not right away.

Adam Schefter via Twitter

3 Comments | Add Yours

12 team league and no one owned Ballard before this injury. He had such limited upside, even before the Bradshaw signing. Brown is even worse. If you pick up Brown, you deserve what you have coming to you (a wasted spot on your bench.)

Posted by:
nikpeta31 09/13/13 01:35 PM

Picked up Powell today, but considering adding Brown instead to be my 4th RB. Which one will have better fantasy value this year?

Posted by:
DJB's 09/14/13 09:29 AM

Powell. I took a flyer this week on Colts RB and picked up Kerwynn Williams

Posted by:
kenshinsars 09/15/13 11:17 AM

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