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Colts Daily Headlines: January 21st Edition

Posted Jan 21, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts coaches are in route to Hawaii to coach in the 2014 Pro Bowl. Today’s news looks at Andrew Luck joining the coaches in Hawaii and how Vick Ballard is learning from Reggie Wayne during ACL rehab.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, January 21st.

Andrew Luck will stand in at Pro Bowl


By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Last week it was Matt Overton being added to the 2014 Pro Bowl.

Late Sunday night, Andrew Luck joined the fray.

Luck, a second alternate, was added to the Pro Bowl roster when Denver’s Peyton Manning and Seattle’s Russell Wilson directed their teams to the Feb. 2 Super Bowl in New Jersey. Technically, Philadelphia’s Nick Foles, the first alternate, replaces Manning and Luck takes Wilson’s spot.

It marks Luck’s second Pro Bowl addition as an many seasons. He also appeared in the game as a rookie.

Luck joins outside linebacker Robert Mathis, long-snapper Matt Overton and the Colts coaching staff in next Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.



Ballard uses Wayne as motivation in rehab

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog


Vick Ballard doesn’t have to look far for motivation during ACL rehab with Reggie Wayne’s locker next to the Colts running back.

"Reggie, he comes here and stays all day, gets two or three rounds of rehab in," said Ballard, who is 12 years younger than Wayne. "Once I saw him do it, I was like, 'Hell, why can't I do it, too?' When I leave here, I go home and sit on the couch, so it definitely changed my perspective on it."

Ballard, who rushed for 814 yards during his rookie season in 2012, tore his ACL while taking part in a running back's drill in practice just days before their game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

"It was very tough, especially in the big games and the big victories and stuff like that," Ballard said about missing the season. "I know I'm still part of the team, but I wanted to be sore on Monday mornings and stay late on Wednesdays, stuff like that. God had a different plan for me, so I'm just playing the cards I was dealt."

Ballard said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. He'll have an opportunity to push Trent Richardson -- and Donald Brown if he re-signs -- for snaps because nobody pulled away from the pack this season to be the clear starter next season.

"I think we had like four running backs on IR," Ballard said. "It'll be interesting to see how they handle it. But I really don't try to think about things like that. I was telling my mom the other day, she asked me what I thought, and I was like the only thing I can do is worry about my knee and let everything else handle itself."
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