It was Morning No. 1 on Day No. 1 of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2015 season. The team gathered at Anderson University for the first on-field activity at training camp, a light walkthrough that otherwise holds no special significance.
Except for one player. For Vick Ballard, it meant everything.
“The type of stuff I used to dream of,” he said.
No one can blame him. It’s only his third football practice in two years.
The Colts’ fourth-year running back was cleared by team doctors to return to on-field activity for the first time since July 2014, and he did so Sunday morning, sporting a new number (26) and the sobering perspective that comes with back-to-back lost seasons.