Vick Ballard reportedly suffered a “freak” knee injury at Thursday’s practice. The injury is expected to sideline the second-year RB for the rest of the season. The injury comes just a day after the Colts announced their intentions to implement a time share between Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw in the Indianapolis backfield. Obviously, Ballard’s injury crushes those hopes and boosts Bradshaw’s value going forward, assuming he himself can avoid injury.
The Colts coaching staff was apparently raving about Ballard’s pass-protection from their Week 1 win over the Raiders. However, Bradshaw has excelled in pass-protection throughout his time with the Giants and shouldn’t have any problems manning those duties.
Look for Bradshaw to shoulder the load this weekend vs. the Dolphins, with Donald Brown getting more involved on 3rd downs and occasionally spelling Bradshaw for a few carries.
Yesterday, Bradshaw’s value plummeted as much as anybody’s, with the announcement the team would establish a 50/50 timeshare moving forward. Not 24 hours later and Bradshaw has firmly grabbed the team’s lead role. Bradshaw will have back-end RB2 and solid flex value moving forward. Let’s just hope his feet can remain healthy enough to make it to the back-end of the season.