Colts waive injured RB Vick Ballard; Josh McNary moved to active roster

Vick Ballard injured his hamstring in the first half of the Colts' final pre-season game.
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The Indianapolis Colts have waived injured running back Vick Ballard.

Ballard injured his right hamstring in Indianapolis' preseason finale September 3. Ballard seemed to be getting every chance to prove he belonged on the roster, running the ball nine times for 29 yards before the injury in the first half of the game.

"I just executed whatever play was called, whether I was getting the ball or not," Ballard said after the game.

"I'm sick about it. He was doing a nice job, too. He ripped off a couple good little runs. We all know the type of runner he is when he's healthy, it's just unfortunate. I hope it's not a long term deal with that," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, speaking after the game September 3 regarding Ballard's injury.

Asked what was going through his mind in the locker room after the game, Ballard just said, "Keep pressing forward."

In early August during Colts Camp, Ballard was finally happy and injury-free after recovering from two season-ending injuries and surgeries in 2013 and 2014. 

"He’s worked his tail off; he’s been on one heck of a journey," Pagano said in an August interview. "It takes perseverance, resolve and a ton of grit to go through what he’s gone through. We’ll be smart with how we introduce him back to football."

Ballard's spot on the 53-man roster is being filled by linebacker Josh McNary. McNary was acquitted of rape charges September 3 and was placed on the Colts practice squad three days later.

"It was a difficult position to be in, for my entire family to be in, friends, loved ones," McNary said after the trial. "I am happy I am still free and I am able to pursue my dreams that have been put on hold."

McNary has played in 20 games for the Colts over the last two seasons, recording 54 tackles. He has six tackles in four postseason games.

The Colts also signed running back Zurlon Tipton and guard Robert Myers to the practice squad Tuesday. Defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton was released from the practice squad.