Donald Brown out for second straight week

Andy Lyons

Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown will miss his second straight week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery when the Colts take on Cleveland Browns. We discuss the fantasy implications.

Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown will miss his second straight game when the Colts take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Brown underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair torn cartilage on Oct. 10. Brown was originally expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks due to the surgery.

Brown has 60 carries for 239 yards and one TD on the season, having had his best performance of the year in his last game before surgery, rushing for 84 yards against the Packers. In his place the Colts are starting rookie Vick Ballard. Last week Ballard only rushed eight times for 25 yards against the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The Colts rushing attack isn't too dangerous no matter who is getting the ball as they rank 26th in the league in yards per game and 30th in yards per carry. When healthy Brown is worthy of a spot on the end of the bench, but shouldn't be a starter unless bye-week issues force him into your lineup. If you have the space, feel free to keep Brown on your bench as he should return in a week or two, but dropping him wouldn't be a death sentence either.

Ballard is still not worthy of a roster spot despite being a starter this week. Although the Colts should keep their game with the Browns close, giving Ballard a few more than the eight carries he received last week.

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