Indianapolis, IN - The Colts received some very tough news today, learning that Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL that he suffered in practice. Ballard showed in Week 1 that he had a very good role with the Colts this year, rushing for 63 yards on 13 carries, and Pep Hamilton had made it clear that he wanted Ballard to split reps with Ahmad Bradshaw all season.
With the injury, you can expect to see the Colts give Ahmad Bradshaw the bulk of the carries for the remainder of the season. Donald Brown will likely be asked to step up and handle a few carries this week against the Dolphins, but Bradshaw should easily see the bulk of the carries.
The main question is whether or not the Colts go out and sign another back for depth. They could re-sign Kerwynn Williams, who is a rookie that the Colts cut just before they got down to their 53-man roster. He showed a lot of promise in the preseason, and could very well be their third string back. Another option is Delone Carter who the Colts traded to the Ravens earlier this year, but Baltimore released him. Carter knows the Colts system and could provide solid depth as well.
Whatever the Colts decide to do, this injury will have an impact on their season. Ballard was going to have a big role, and showed improvement in every aspect of his game. His pass-blocking had improved, and he was a very strong runner as well.