INDIANAPOLIS – Colts starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Friday that Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice Thursday.
It was a non-contact injury, just put a foot in the ground, went to cut on a running play and knee went out on him, Pagano said. He’ll require season-ending surgery, unfortunately. We feel awful for Vick.
Former New York Giants star Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start Sunday against Miami, and the Colts (1-0) are promoting rookie Kerwynn Williams, their seventh-round draft pick, from the practice squad to the active roster. Former first-round pick Donald Brown also could see more action.
Ballard was Indy’s top rusher in 2012. The rookie ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, Ballard ran 13 times for 63 yards and was 6 for 6 on blitz pickups.
Tight end Dwayne Allen missed practice again with a hip injury, but Pagano said he was probable for Sunday’s game against Miami. Linebacker Pat Angerer (concussion) was a full participant at practice for the third consecutive day.
Linebackers Kavell Conner (ankle) and Jerrell Freeman (quad) did limited work and are listed as questionable. Linebacker Erik Walden (hamstring) returned to full work after being limited Thursday. Walden also is listed as questionable. Receiver David Reed (concussion/quad) did not practice and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Colts replace railing
The railing that collapsed at Lucas Oil Stadium last weekend was replaced, and stadium officials said every nut and bolt securing a railing inside the stadium was inspected to ensure a safer environment.
Barney Levengood, the executive director of the stadium, said that the investigation into last week’s accident during the Colts-Raiders game is continuing. Witnesses said two fans were injured when a railing they were leaning against gave way. The two fans tumbled onto the hard walkway that leads to the visiting locker room.
Around the league
Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in the head and neck area.
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness when he shoved Jets quarterback Geno Smith to the ground out of bounds – leading to the winning field goal by New York.
Jets safety Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a late hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the season opener. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey (left foot sprain) will miss his second straight game.