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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:09:05 -0800
Free-agent RB Vick Ballard (Colts) signed a Reserve/Futures deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:32:38 -0800
Free-agent RBs Vick Ballard (Colts) and Alonzo Harris (Packers) and WR Chris X. Harper (Giants) tried out for the Chicago Bears Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:44:35 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) reached an injury settlement with the Colts Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:19:20 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) cleared waivers and was placed on Reserve/Injured.
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:03:39 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard had only played in one game the last two seasons. If healthy, he would have backed up Frank Gore. If Ballard is not claimed, he will revert to the Colts' Reserve/Injured list.
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:56:22 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) is considered day-to-day because of his hamstring injury.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard did not play in the first game of the season and his status for Week 2 is uncertain, so owners will need to keep an eye on his status. Ballard likely would be the No. 2 running back if he is active and would not have much fantasy value.
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 08:47:44 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts have declared DL Billy Winn, CB D'Joun Smith, OT Denzelle Good, CB Greg Toler, OG Hugh Thornton, LB Robert Mathis, RB Vick Ballard inactive for Week 1.
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:16:18 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) and CB Greg Toler (neck) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. LB Robert Mathis (Achilles') and CB D'Joun Smith (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Nate Irving (knee), LB D'Qwell Jackson (toe), CB Sheldon Price (concussion) and LB Bjoern Werner (knee) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:39:57 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring), LB Bjoern Werner (knee) and CB Greg Toler (neck) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 10. LB Nate Irving (knee), LB D'Qwell Jackson (toe), LB Robert Mathis (Achilles') and CB D'Joun Smith (knee) were limited during practice, while CB Sheldon Price fully participated in practice.
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:10:19 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) and CB Greg Toler (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 9. LB Nate Irving (knee), LB Robert Mathis (Achilles'), CB Sheldon Price (concussion) and CB D'Joun Smith (knee) were limited.
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:07:32 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RBs Frank Gore, Josh Robinson and Tyler Varga are expected to be the only three running backs available for Week 1, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) is still dealing with a hamstring injury.
Fantasy Tip: Gore and Robinson hold the most value in the Colts' backfield. Gore ($6,300, 12.6% of cap) will be on a pitch count for the beginning of the season, but he's still one of their most valuable weapons on offense. However, the fact that he could see fewer touches and the fact that the Buffalo Bills have a stout defense makes Gore a somewhat risky play on FantasyScore.
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 05:24:29 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Robinson will likely serve as the No. 2 running back behind RB Frank Gore. RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) re-injured his hamstring in the final preseason game.
Fantasy Tip: Robinson ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) isn't a real good play on FantasyScore in Week 1. He's more of a handcuff for Gore owners in traditional formats.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:08:25 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Dan Herron (shoulder) and RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) suffered injuries in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3, and will not return to the game.
Fantasy Tip: Herron and Ballard are candidates for backup jobs with Herron believed to be the top candidate for the No. 2 running back job. Owners should look for updates in the next day or two to see if they are dealing with serious injuries. Herron could be a late-round option in deeper leagues, while Ballard does not have much value.
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:51:21 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard may not make the final 53-man roster, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:16:15 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 13. Ballard did not rule out playing in the first preseason game Sunday, Aug. 16.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard has played only one game over the last two seasons because of injuries, so he is working his way back into the rotation. Ballard probably will be a backup if he makes the team and may not be a great option for fantasy owners.
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 08:18:42 -0700
Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) is day to day with a hamstring issue.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard is a watch list player for now as he battles back from two major injuries and may need an injury ahead of him to contribute much.
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 05:20:39 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) experienced tightness in his left hamstring and was pulled from practice Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard is a watch list player for now as he works his way back from a torn ACL and a torn Achilles' in consecutive seasons. He might need an injury to Frank Gore, Dan Herron or Zurlon Tipton to carve a big role in the offense.
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:19:34 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') has resumed doing individual field work and he is shooting for Aug. 1 to return to football-related activities. He has yet to be medically cleared.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard is making his way back from an ugly knee injury. When he does return heíll find a backfield which consists of Frank Gore, Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton, among others. It will take Ballard a while to work his way into a meaningful role again, so fantasy owners can avoid drafting him for now.
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:51:13 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') has been able to participate in some individual drills this offseason. Ballard has not received medical clearance at this point but believes he can return to the field by August 1.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard likely will compete for the No. 2 running back job if he is healthy during training camp. He has played only one game over the last two seasons, so he could take his time in his recovery. Ballard likely will not see a lot of playing time if he is healthy this season since the team added Frank Gore. Ballard probably should not be more than a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Sun, 05 Apr 2015 08:53:37 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') is doing well in his rehab from a torn Achilles' tendon but there is no timetable for his return to the field, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Ballard is expected to compete with RB Dan Herron for the No. 2 running back job if he is healthy.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard missed the entire 2014 season because of the injury and may sit out some of the offseason workouts. Ballard and Herron likely will compete for the backup job during training camp and the preseason. Owners should consider the winner of the competition as a later-round draft choice.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:02:49 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Vick Ballard (Achilles'), OT Ulrick John (ankle) and RB Deji Karim (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:50:50 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') underwent surgery Tuesday, July 29, to repair his torn Achilles' tendon. The team is expected to place Ballard on Injured Reserve at some point.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:08:49 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice Friday, July 25.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard likely will miss the entire season because of the injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw probably will get a majority of the reps at the position unless the team adds another back. Richardson should be considered a starting running back in all fantasy leagues, while Bradshaw probably would be a later-round pick that could be a No. 4 or 5 running back on a team.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:41 -0700
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (ankle) was carted off the practice field Friday, July 25, with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:37 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (undisclosed) limped off the practice field Friday, July 25.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:28:03 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) reported to camp and has passed his physical.
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:15:31 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will need to produce right away in the running game if he wants to keep the starting job, because the team will not wait for him to turn things around if RB Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard are playing well.
Fantasy Tip: Richardson is getting the first chance to start, but he could find himself on the bench if he fails to produce. Richardson should be considered a low-end No. 2 running back in drafts this season. Owners could consider taking a late-round flier on Bradshaw or Ballard since there is a chance they could take over the starting job if Richardson falters, but it is not known which back would have more value at this point.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:20:08 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will be given the first shot at starting running back. He is more talented than RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, and the Colts don't want to show that their trade for him last September was a failure.
Fantasy Tip: Due to Richardson's poor 2013 season, he stands to reward nicely as an RB2. Bradshaw and Ballard are late-round fliers.
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:03:41 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) is not expected to be a part of the team's minicamp, according to a source, as he continues to recover from ACL surgery.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard is currently listed as the No. 2 running back behind Trent Richardson. Richardson will probably see most of the playing time, but all three are expected to see the field. Still, Ballard is coming off a serious knee injury and has Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw to compete with. He's a flex option at best for now.
Mon, 05 May 2014 11:12:47 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) recently said he wants to be the team's H-back.
Fantasy Tip: Prior to the Trent Richardson acquisition, Ballard was the starting running back in 2012 before tearing his ACL in Week 2. The Coltsí backfield is currently in a murky state, although Richardson will likely be given the first opportunity to start.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:49:27 -0800
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Vick Ballard (knee) is making progress in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be ready to participate no later than training camp.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:41:09 -0800
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Donald Brown likely would be behind RBs Vick Ballard and Trent Richardson on the depth chart if he re-signs with the team this offseason.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:14:17 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts have placed RB Vick Ballard (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2013 season. In a corresponding move, the team signed practice squad RB Kerwynn Williams to their active roster. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:07:36 -0700
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice Thursday, Sept. 12. He will undergo season-ending surgery and has already been put on Injured Reserve. Ballard was injured in a non-contact drill Thursday. RB Ahmad Bradshaw will now take the lead running back duties, with RB Donald Brown sharing touches.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:28:50 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Fantasy Tip: This quickens the pace at which Ahmad Bradshaw will get back to a starter's workload. He hasn't looked 100 percent yet, but he's their most capable every-down back. He's a low-end RB2 in most leagues. Unfortunately, Donald Brown will probably steal reps for his occasional big-play ability. He's nothing more than a desperation flex play, however. Also, Indy will probably ink a third carrier that can at least spell these two, perhaps in goal-line spots.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:09:57 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:34:12 -0700
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was happy with RB Vick Ballard's pass protection in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. Ballard was 6-for-6 in pass-blocking situations last weekend.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 13:37:28 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard had 13 carries for 63 yards in Week 1, while RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed seven times for 26 yards.
Fantasy Tip: This is still a very fluid situation, but Bradshaw should have the most long-term value.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:47:19 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 6, and is listed as probable for Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw has been dealing with this foot injury for a while but has been able to play with it. He should be considered a No. 2 fantasy running back this week but likely will give up some playing time to Vick Ballard and Donald Brown during the game.
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:42:46 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is expected to get the lion's share of the workload in the backfield with RBs Donald Brown and Vick Ballard. "I think he's in a really good place mentally," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "I know physically, he's real close to getting back and hopefully we'll increase his snaps this week and hopefully he's ready for this game."
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw is a decent RB3, while the other two are mere handcuffs right now.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:01:03 -0700
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is expected to use a running-back-by-committee approach this season with RBs Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown getting plenty of work.
Fantasy Tip: Running back committees are not the best thing for fantasy owners, but it looks like the Colts are going that route. Bradshaw likely is the most valuable out of the three and should be seen as a No. 3 running back or flex option. Ballard should be a No. 4 or No. 5 running back on fantasy teams while Brown probably should not be taken in drafts.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:48:36 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) on the Physically Unable to Perform list for training camp Tuesday, July 23.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw should be ready for the start of the regular season if he doesn't have any setbacks during camp. However, he'll play second fiddle to Vick Ballard this year and is unlikely to see enough touches to make him anything more than an RB4 or 5.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:56:59 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was spotted with his right foot in a walking boot during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 12. He had surgery on the foot six months ago and continues to be brought along slowly in his recovery. He plans to be ready to go when Indy's training camp opens July 27. The Colts see him as more than an occasional contributor, but his role will be clarified the closer they get to Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw will probably be the primary shareholder with Vick Ballard in terms of touches, with Donald Brown likely bringing up the rear. It's a messy situation in which none of these options should be addressed as anything more than an RB3.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:54:29 -0700
Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw has agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Fantasy Tip: Vick Ballard was expected to be the No. 1 RB heading into camp before the Bradshaw discussions, but the presence of the New York Giants' leading rusher for the last three years has obviously derailed that idea. Bradshaw is more dangerous if healthy, but there's the conundrum. He'll be an interesting flex-type play in a dangerous offense. Ballard still has mild upside and is worth fantasy consideration given how he performed as a rookie in 2012 and Bradshaw's foot problems.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:09:49 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts are talking with free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) about a contract.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw would be joining Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter in the team's backfield if he signs. It is not known what their roles would be, but Ballard could be a two-down back with Bradshaw being the third-down and change-of-pace back. Ballard probably would be a No. 4 running back while Bradshaw would be a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception league and a No. 5 back in standard leagues.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:30:03 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to use their running backs more out of the backfield as receivers under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton than they did in 2012 with Bruce Arians calling plays. RB Vick Ballard led all Colts rushers with just 17 catches a year ago.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard could gain value in PPR leagues. He isn't a natural receiver but has shown to be acceptable in this area, whereas RB Donald Brown is a suspect pass catcher with limited experience running routes. Brown could be used on screen passes to take advantage of his open-field speed.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:24:31 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard is expected to enter training camp as the team's No. 1 running back, but that doesn't mean RB Donald Brown will not also see playing time. Head coach Chuck Pagano sees Ballard as a player who gets stronger as the game wears on, while Brown is considered more of a home run hitter for the offense.
"Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can Donnie 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 said. "Vick is a solid, solid guy; Donnie is a home run hitter," Pagano said. "If he gets the edge and hits a crease, he can take it the distance."
Fantasy Tip: Ballard should be viewed as a third fantasy running back who could have slightly more value in PPR leagues. Brown is a handcuff pick and likely nothing more than a sixth back in deep leagues.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:52:18 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard carried 18 times for 105 yards in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans. He did not have any receptions.
Fantasy Tip: The rookie went over 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, and he has 199 rushing yards over his past two weeks, just in time for fantasy owners to take advantage. He'll face another good fantasy matchup in Week 16 on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:42:33 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard will continue to see the majority of the workload in Week 15 with RB Donald Brown (knee) now out for the season and RB Delone Carter (ankle) out for two to three weeks. "About the same," interim head coach Bruce Arians concurred, "and as long as he can stay in there he'll stay in there and when he needs to tap out, Mewelde will go in." Ballard's 562 rushing yards this year ranks fifth among rookie running backs, and he's started the team's last nine games because he's the best package of runner, receiver and pass protector.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:57:58 -0800
Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians praised RB Vick Ballard Monday, Dec. 10, after his performance in Week 14. Arians said Ballard is powerful, and likened him to former Colts RB Edgerrin James. "Tough to bring down. Quick. Elusive. He's got a great future," Arians said.