For the first time in his NFL career, when quarterback Andrew Luck turned around to hand the ball off on the first offensive series, he didn’t see Donald Brown.
Rookie running back Vick Ballard made his first career start on Sunday in place of the injured Brown.
Ballard had 25 yards on eight carries and although he started off the game in the backfield, there wasn’t too much of a change for the Colts fifth round draft pick.
“I don’t think it felt any different because I still got the same amount of plays because of the two-minute (offense) when Mewelde (Moore) got in there,” Ballard said. “I think I had 29 plays so it really wasn’t any different for me other than getting the first series.”
Moore was used primarily on third downs for the Colts and also in the two-minute offense. Second-year running back Delone Carter saw extended playing time in just his second game of the season, carrying the ball four times
With Ballard in the starting lineup, the Colts had four rookies start on Sunday and a total of eight saw action on the offense.
The film room was the place to find Ballard on Monday and he recognized a few teaching points he will take into the Colts meeting with Cleveland this weekend.
“We obviously have to take care of the ball,” Ballard said. “Attention to detail, execution, whenever we do those things, good things will happen. Just going to come to work Wednesday and get ready for next week.”
This was just the second road game for the Colts and although getting the start didn’t seem to be different for Ballard, playing away from home was an adjustment for him.
“I guess you could say crowd noise because sometimes, you know the snap count but you can’t hear it because the quarterback is under center,” Ballard said of the biggest difference.
“You just have to kind of look at the ball. Where as if we are playing at home, you can listen to the quarterback and hear the calls and stuff.”
Ballard now has 29 carries on the season and that number will continue to rise with Brown expected to be out of the lineup again this weekend.
The run production wasn’t where the offense wanted it on Sunday but the guys in front of Ballard appreciate his running style.
“I like the way Vick runs,” offensive guard Jeff Linkenbach said. “He runs downhill. Vick isn’t afraid to just punch it into a hole. We like that as offensive linemen, someone that is willing to just jam it up in there for a few.”
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Packers 42 Texans 24
-The Texans became the last undefeated team to fall in the AFC with a defeat to the Packers on Sunday night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes and the Green Bay defense had three interceptions. Texans running back Arian Foster had two touchdown runs but was held to 29 yards on 17 carries. Foster’s second touchdown late in the third quarter brought the Texans within 28-17 but Rodgers struck quickly with his final two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter putting the game out of reach.
NEXT GAME: Baltimore, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Titans 26 Steelers 23
-The Titans enjoyed the weekend off after knocking off the Steelers on Thursday evening. Kicker Rob Bironas kicked four field goals, the last of which coming from 40 yards as time expired. Following a 52-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham, the Steelers led 23-16 with 8:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led the offense on an 80-yard touchdown drive that ended on a third-and-goal touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt. Suisham would next try his luck from 54 yards but the field goal was no god and the Titans marched down the field in the final minute for the win. Hasselbeck was 25-of-44 for 290 yards and running back Chris Johnson had 91 yards on 19 carries.
NEXT GAME: @Buffalo, Sunday at 1:00 EST
-The Jaguars had a bye week as they prepare for a game in London this weekend.
NEXT GAME: Oakland, Sunday at 1:00 EST.
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first pass of the game for the Colts and added another grab for 21 yards. Through five games, Allen is fourth on the team with 12 catches and 109 yards receiving.
Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his fist NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had eight carries for 25 yards and caught a pair of passes for 17 yards.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill caught his second pass in the NFL on Sunday, taking a screen pass for 14 yards. Brazill also played on special teams with two kickoff returns for 35 yards.
Jerry Brown, OLB: Brown made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing on special teams.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had another successful afternoon, catching four balls for 42 yards. Fleener his third on the team with 17 catches for 181 yards.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw action as a receiver and a punt returner against the Jets. Hilton had three catches for 31 yards and ranks third on the team with 196 yards receiving.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-44 on Sunday for 280 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s totals through five games read as 118-of-221 (53.4 percent) passing for 1,488 yards and seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer caught his first NFL catch on the Colts second play from scrimmage. Palmer also played on special teams.
Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.
Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers
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Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was featured on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown yesterday. Rachel Nichols sat down with Wayne to get his thoughts on a variety of topics focusing around his relationship with head coach Chuck Pagano
On why he decided to wear orange gloves in the Colts 30-27 win over the Packers:
“I thought about orange shoestrings but that wasn’t enough. Immediately, I thought about gloves. I said, ‘This would be sweet. This should make Chuck smile a little bit.’”
On Wayne’s relationship with Pagano dating back to their days at the University of Miami when Pagano coached the defensive backs and Wayne was a four-year starter:
“Every day in practice he would compete. He wanted his defensive backs to really challenge our receivers. (The secondary) used to get so angry at him to the point where they would take it out on us.”
On how Wayne would describe his relationship with Pagano:
“It’s family. It’s not a coach and a player. I know his family. I know his kids. I know about the dog.”
On Wayne’s initial chance to return to Indianapolis when he became a free agent this past offseason:
“Slim. Real slim. I just went in as I’m going to expect the worst. (Nichols: What’s the phone call that really turned things around for you?) I answered the phone and immediately I knew whose voice it was. It was Chuck’s. I said, ‘My main man, Chuck.’ He said, ‘I can’t do this without you.’ And that was all I needed to here. He is that kind of guy that you do whatever you have to do to be on his side. He has that halo around him.”
On what was the team’s reaction upon hearing the news that Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia:
“You just feel the air get sucked out of the room. You can hear a pin drop. Immediately, it was like all those 16 years that I’ve known Chuck just flashed right before my eyes. Then after you get that news, you have to go to practice. It was rough.”
On was his meeting was like with Pagano on the Tuesday prior to the Packers game:
“I get there and put my mask on and walk into the room and it was totally not what I was expecting. I was expecting him to be down and sad but it was the normal Chuck that I was used to. He wanted to talk Xs and Os. He wanted to talk Green Bay’s defense.”
On the phone call from Pagano after the Colts beat the Packers:
“He said, ‘My man, way to go. Way to go. That’s why I called you this summer. That’s why I wanted you to take a leap of faith.’
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