That goal got a whole lot tougher on Friday.
Starting running back Vick Ballard suffered a freak knee injury at Thursday's practice, a person informed of the injury told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
"We know and understand injuries are part of this game," Pagano said. "We'll deal with it. Nobody handles adversity quite like this team and this locker room. It's next man up."
Ballard might not be a big name, but it's a huge loss for the team. He's strong in pass protection and as a receiver. While the late-offseason signing of Ahmad Bradshaw should help cushion the blow, he isn't built to "carry the load" at this stage of his career.