Donald Brown: Colts RB out 2 to 3 Weeks with Knee Injury

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Donald Brown #31 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts have not had much of a running game this season, but Donald Brown was giving them solid production when they were handing the ball off. Unfortunately, a knee injury is going to cost him two to three weeks, according to Michael Fabiano of

Report: Donald Brown out 2-3 weeks with knee injury. Pick up Vick Ballard now!

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 10, 2012

Always one to give fantasy advice, Fabiano even tells players to pick up Vick Ballard, who has a whopping 42 yards on 21 carries this season, to replace Brown. 

According to Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Brown had surgery on the knee and tore cartilage when the Colts attempted a two-point conversion late in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers

Through four games this season, Brown has racked up 239 yards on 60 carries with one touchdown. 

The Colts have used a pass-oriented approach on offense this season, despite starting rookies at quarterback and tight end. Andrew Luck has thrown 177 passes this season. By comparison, they have only run the ball 104 times.

After Brown, Luck is actually the second-leading rusher on the team. He has racked up 104 yards on 16 carries. Perhaps with Brown out, the Colts will start to employ the option-offense and turn Luck into the next Michael Vick

Meanwhile, Ballard has been remarkably consistent when he has been used this season. In his last three games, he has had six carries, five carries and six carries for 13 yards, 12 yards and 11 yards. 

The Colts will need to address the running back situation with Brown out, either with Ballard dramatically improving or giving someone else a chance.