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Vick Ballard out for the year with Torn ACL

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Chuck Pagano confirmed today that running back Vick Ballard is out for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL.

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Huge news today coming out of the Colts' complex just minutes ago. Chuck Pagano gave the injury update on Vick Ballard, who didn't practice yesterday with a knee injury. We didn't think it was anything serious.

Turns out it was. Pagano confirmed that Ballard is out for the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn ACL.

According to Pagano, it was a freak injury. Ballard just went to cut and his right knee gave out. The plan is to bring Kerwynn Williams off of the practice squad to the active roster. It also means that Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown will see major time, and it's fair to wonder about Bradshaw's health now. He never was intended to carry the load, and he might have to now.

Ballard finishes the season after just one game, carrying the ball 13 times for 63 yards and blocking tremendously well in the passing game. He looked really good on Sunday, and no doubt this is a major blow for the Colts. A big one. It also causes me to wonder about the impact this has on the Colts' supposed "run first" mentality - will that be as strong now?

Either way, the big story is that the Colts' will be without their starting back for the remainder of the year, as Vick Ballard has a torn ACL in his right knee after a freak injury. We'll have more analysis on this as the day goes on. Stay tuned.