With Donald Brown hobbled by several injuries and now on injured reserve, Colts RB Vick Ballard has started the past 10 games. As he proved himself an every-down back with his pass catching and willingness and toughness in protection, his workload has increased.
Over the past two weeks, Ballard has run 37 times for 199 yards, including a 100-plus yard performance against the Texans in a loss this past week. He was at his best Sunday on the 80-yard third-quarter touchdown drive that brought the Colts within 23-17 of Houston. Ballard seems to have taken advantage of Brown's injuries this season and looks to be the Colts clear RB1. Unfortunately he's not being used at the goal line.