He’s not fumbling, missing blocks or picking the wrong running lanes.
The problem Ballard continues to have is that he can’t stay healthy.
Torn ACL in 2013. Torn Achilles in 2014. Injured hamstring early in training camp this year.
And the one that may have ended his shot at making the Colts' roster happened last week, a hamstring injury that caused him to miss Saturday’s preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
The Colts have repeatedly been honest and up front about Ballard. The only way they can assess if he can help the team is by him getting on the field and showing them.
That’s hard to do when he’s always injured.
“You hope that the injury isn’t a 10-dayer,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.
Ballard can’t afford for it to be a 10-day injury because rosters have to be trimmed down to 75 players on Tuesday and to 53 players by Saturday.
Ballard’s preseason totals consist of just two carries for four yards. That’s far from enough to show the coaching staff and front office that he’s regained his form from 2012, when he led the Colts in rushing as a rookie with 814 yards. Ballard has only played in one regular-season game since the 2012 season.
“You hope it’s a quick turnaround and we can have him back on the football field because he was looking really good,” Pagano said. “It was very, very unfortunate what happened to him.”