Donald Brown Gets Knee Scoped, Vick Ballard Will Start For Colts

Brown out, Ballard in at RB for Colts

10/10/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Donald Brown Gets Knee Scoped, Vick Ballard Will Start For ColtsIndianapolis Colts' running back Donald Brown underwent knee surgery Tuesday to repair some torn cartilage he suffered on his final touch of Sunday's game against the Packers. The surgery was a simple knee scope, and could hold Brown out as little as two weeks. It's a similar procedure to what Trent Richardson received a month before the season, and he was ready for action in the Browns' first game.

The early down replacement for Brown will be rookie Vick Ballard, a fifth round pick out of Mississippi State. Ballard has been disappointing so far this season, carrying the ball 21 times for only 42 yards, but the Colts hope that he can get something going with the aid of first team practice and a consistent role. He was excellent in his days at Mississippi State, totaling 2157 yards on 5.7 yards per carry and 29 touchdowns over the course of his junior and senior year.

While Ballard has potential in the run game, he doesn't show much promise as a pass catching back. Running back Mewelde Moore, former Vikings and Steelers pass catching specialist, will take over for Ballard in the backfield on third downs and passing situations, assuming he'll be able to suit up after dealing with an ankle injury. Moore has had seasons with 46 and 40 catches in the past, and is a reliable option for Andrew Luck out of the backfield.

Second year runner Delone Carter will also get into the mix, but will not be a serious threat to Ballard's carries.

Though Ballard doesn't have a ton of upside, he's a near lock to get the ball 14-18 times as an early-down, between the tackles runner. He faces off against a Jets defense this week that is ranked 31st against the run. Ballard can be picked up in all leagues and started as a RB2/flex this week against a Jets defense that has been absolutely gashed by every rushing attack they've faced, with the exception of the Mendenhall-less Steelers.
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