Updates from Saturday, July 26
ESPN's Mike Wells reports the bad news regarding Ballard:
Pagano confirms Vick Ballard is out for season with torn Achilles— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) July 26, 2014
Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his Achilles, sources say. He was carted off the field earlier.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 25, 2014
Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reported that Ballard still has to get an MRI. If the initial diagnosis is confirmed, he'll likely be out for the year:
Regarding Vick Ballard, still hasn't undergone MRI, but initial diagnosis is indeed Achilles, as @mortreport stated. The scan will confirm— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 25, 2014
That would be a season-ending injury. Another season-ending injury. Tragic news for a good kid.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 25, 2014
The 24-year-old was carted away from practice earlier in the day, causing many Colts fans to wait with bated breath for updates, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells:
Colts RB Vick Ballard taken off the field in a cart in what could be an ankle injury. Should have update after practice— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) July 25, 2014
Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke about Ballard before the news broke about the severity of the injury:
Irsay: ": When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down, who’s worked so hard to get back, it’s tough... He’s still young and..."— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 25, 2014
Irsay cont'd: "has a full career ahead of him." Didn't sound good— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 25, 2014
Ballard was limited to just one game last year after tearing his right ACL heading into Week 2. That injury halted the momentum that Ballard built after an impressive rookie season in which he ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns.
With Ballard out, more pressure will be heaped upon Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Neither running back provided much consistent production in 2013, so this injury could have a negative impact on Indianapolis' offense.
The good news—if you can call it that—for Ballard is that this isn't another ACL issue. Once he recovers from this, he may be able to spark his NFL career again.