NFL team to go to plan B after key player tears his ACL.
The Indianapolis Colts will need to get their rushing yards this season from another source after the team confirmed Vick Ballard out for the year.
Ballard has been placed in the injured reserve list and will need to undergo surgery on his right knee, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament at training.
After leading the side for rushing yards in his rookie year in 2012-13, the future looked for Ballard looked bright at the Colts.
But taking part in a non-contact training drill this week, the running back went down quickly in an incident his teammates described as “freakish”.
Ballard helped the Colts to a first-up win this season as they edged out the Oakland Raiders 21-17 with the running back notching up a solid but unspectacular 63-yard game.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said it was a real blow to the side, but said they will need to try and find a way to move on and make it to the playoffs.
We all know Vick was headed toward having a fabulous year,” Pagano said.
“We know and understand injuries are part of this game. We’ll deal with it. Nobody handles adversity quite like this team in this locker room. Vick will get through this, and with his mindset and his work ethic he’ll come back stronger than ever in 2014.”
The Colts host the Miami Dolphins in round two, who are also coming off a first week win.