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Colts Owner Hints At Trade Following Ballard Injury

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Vick Ballard was placed on IR after tearing his ACL in practice this week, leaving Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown take over in the backfield. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Vick Ballard was placed on IR after tearing his ACL in practice this week, leaving Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown take over in the backfield. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Friday that the Colts are “all hurting for Vick [Ballard],” who went down Thursday in practice and was initially added to the injury report without any additional detail. Friday it was revealed that he had suffered a torn right ACL, and would be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Ballard, who had managed to hold onto his starting job for at least the start of the season, played well in Week 1 against the Raiders and had been praised by head coach Chuck Pagano for the job he had done in pass protection. The loss leaves the Colts with Ahmad Bradshaw, who many thought would have wrestled the job away from Ballard already anyway, and Donald Brown at running back. Irsay went on to say that they must “step up.”

It clearly wasn’t a vote of confidence, though, as he finished the tweet saying that GM Ryan Grigson is “gonna work hard to wheel [and] deal” before the trade deadline. With plenty of veteran backs on the free agent market, it’s more likely that they’ll bring in several guys early next week for a workout and sign one of them than it is for them to make a deal for an impact player midseason.

Guys like Willis McGahee, Michael Turner and former Colt Delone Carter are all players to keep your eye on in the days ahead. Carter is still only 26, although he was traded in camp and then subsequently released by the Ravens. Turner and McGahee are both 31-year-old backs that may have little left to offer, but they’ve both shown interest in playing this season. Another remote possibility is Beanie Wells, but he’s drawn little interest thus far, and has had been dealing with lingering knee issues so he’s a long shot at best.

For now, the team is left with Bradshaw to take over the lead role after playing only 15 snaps in Week 1 and Brown as a change of pace option.