NFL notes: Colts’ Vick Ballard lost for the year

Colts starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered without even being hit. Coach Chuck Pagano said Friday that Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice Thursday.

Former Giants star Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start Sunday against Miami, and the Colts are promoting rookie Kerwynn Williams, their seventh-round draft pick, from the practice squad.

Ballard was Indy’s top rusher in 2012 with 814 yards and two TDs. Last week, Ballard ran 13 times for 63 yards.

Matthews’s hit: $15k


Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a late hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the teams’ opener.

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Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty in the 49ers’ 34-28 win Sunday after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds deep in Green Bay territory during the second quarter. A fracas followed when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving. Staley received an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty, offsetting the late-hit call against Matthews, resulting in a replay of third down at the Packers’ 10. Kaepernick then connected with Anquan Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown to put the 49ers ahead 14-7.

Besides Matthews, the NFL fined Boldin $7,875 for a late hit on Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush in the third quarter and fined 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call.

Other players fined around the league included Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson ($30,000) for hitting Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in the head and neck area; Washington’s DeAngelo Hall ($20,000) for a horse-collar tackle on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson; and Carolina defensive end Frank Alexander ($15,750) for throwing a punch at Seattle lineman Breno Giacomini .

Packers safety ailing

Morgan Burnett again practiced Friday on a limited basis, but the Packers aren’t sure if their top safety will be cleared to play in Green Bay’s home opener against the Redskins after having a setback with a hamstring injury.


As for their opposition, Redskins kicker Kai Forbath has a sore right groin. Coach Mike Shanahan said Forbath will test the leg Saturday, and the Redskins will then decide whether they need to sign a fill-in.

Hope for Sanchez

Mark Sanchez is still focused on coming back this season for the Jets. Coach Rex Ryan thinks it could happen. Sanchez is rehabilitating his injured right shoulder rather than immediately having season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed.

‘‘If we didn’t think it’d be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR,’’ Ryan said Friday. ‘‘And that’s not the case.’’

Ryan had no update on defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, who injured his right ankle late in the Jets’ 13-10 loss to New England Thursday night.

Denver to miss Bailey

Champ Bailey will miss his second straight game because of a lingering left foot sprain that has sidelined him since Aug. 17. Coach John Fox said Bailey didn’t have a setback this week but was ‘‘making great progress.’’ For the Giants, cornerback Prince Amukamara (concussion) received clearance to return to practice and should start Sunday . . . Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) was limited in practice for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for the Cardinals’ home opener Sunday against the Lions. The Cardinals have only three other wide receivers — Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd, and rookie Jaron Brown. Tight end Rob Housler will be out for the second week in a row with a high ankle sprain . . . The Jaguars probably will be without Marcedes Lewis again after the tight end, who is recovering from a nagging calf injury to his left leg, missed his sixth consecutive practice Friday.

Falcons trio hurting


Receiver Roddy White, left tackle Sam Baker, and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux returned to practice for the Falcons and were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. White, who has never missed a game in nine seasons, has been hindered by an ankle sprain since the third week of preseason. Baker and Babineaux have sore knees . . . Rams defensive end Chris Long did not practice and coach Jeff Fisher says he’s questionable with hip soreness. Also on the injury report was cornerback Quinton Porter, ruled out with a thigh injury . . . Kevin Williams missed practice due to personal reasons, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said his defensive captain, who missed the opener with an injured right knee, will be ready to make his season debut on Sunday in Chicago . . . Rookie backup cornerbacks Jamar Taylor (groin) and Will Davis (toe) were ruled out of the Dolphins’ game Sunday at Indianapolis. Starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who made two interceptions against the Browns, is questionable due to a groin injury.