For the second year in a row, the Colts are going to have to make it through a season without Vick Ballard. The running back suffered a torn Achilles during a non-contact drill in practice on Friday, according to ESPN.com. Ballard is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
Ballard stormed onto the scene as a rookie in 2012, leading the Colts in rushing with 814 yards. Indianapolis had high hopes for Ballard in 2013, but the former fifth-round pick only played in one game thanks to a torn ACL he suffered during practice following Indy's Week 1 win over the Raiders.
The injury on Friday occurred after Ballard caught a pass in a non-contact drill. According to the Colts official website, the 24-year-old then went down clutching his left leg and was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the field.
Ballard's injury means either Trent Richardson or Ahmad Bradshaw will have to carry the load in Indianapolis. Bradshaw is coming off of a neck injury that limited him to three games in 2013. As for Richardson, he has yet to live up to the high-hopes the Colts had for him when they sent a first-round pick to Cleveland for him in September.