Ballard was placed on injured reserve for a third straight year, but he'll now have the opportunity to look for a new employer. He may draw a bit of interest once healthy, but Ballard is unlikely to make much of an impact this season.
That's now the third straight year Ballard will land on the IR. After leading the Colts in rushing in 2012, injuries have mired the 25-year-old's career, allowing him to participate in just one game since then. If (and that's a big if) he returns healthy, he will try to earn a roster spot with the Colts in 2016.
Since leading the Colts in rushing in 2012, Ballard has been contained to one game due to ACL and Achilles injuries. He entered this season with a nagging hamstring concern, which tested the organizations' patience enough to jettison the running back in the early going. Currently on waivers, another team will have to weigh the risks versus rewards due to his rich medical chart.
Ballard actually re-injured the hamstring that had kept him sidelined last week against St. Louis. He was hoping to remain healthy against the Bengals in an attempt to land the backup job to featured back Frank Gore.
The injuries to the two backs complicates that competition.
Ballard played in one game in 2013 before suffering a season-ending knee injury and a torn Achilles cost him the 2014 season.
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