The first few days of NFL Training camp are often the hardest to get through. That's because players don't often come into the necessary shape needed to make it through a full NFL practice and conditioning session.
Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was already coming off an injury-shortened 2013 season, but he won't play at all this year. 11 months after he tore his ACL in the season opener last season, Ballard has reportedly tore his Achilles:
Colts RB Vick Ballard has torn his Achilles, source says. Brutal. Looking at another lost season— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2014
A fifth-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2012, Ballard was entering this year expected to battle Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw for carries. He's played in just 17 games across two seasons, and has 224 career rushes for 877 yards (3.9 ypc) and two touchdowns. He's also caught 29 passes for 147 yards (8.2 ypc) and one score.
Ballard had a solid rookie season in 2012, rushing for 814 yards on 211 carries with two touchdowns.
This could be the end of his career, as it's not often we see running backs come back from back-to-back season-ending injuries.