Colts’ Vick Ballard Out for the Season

Vick_Ballard_2013New Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton planned to center his offense more around the running game this season than former coordinator Bruce Arians did last season.

That goal got a whole lot tougher on Friday.

Starting running back Vick Ballard suffered a freak knee injury at Thursday’s practice, a person informed of the injury told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed the injury on Friday, and tweeted that Ballard is headed for injured reserve. Shortly after Irsay’s confirmation, coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Ballard suffered an ACL tear on a non-contact play, per reporter Kevin Bowen.

Source: Greg Rosenthal,