Beyond The Mic: Ivory’s Return Begs Questions
New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory led the team in rushing a year ago as a rookie. His bruising style as a runner took its toll however, and he had two offseason surgeries. As a result, he's spent the beginning of the season on the PUP list.
NFL teams are required to make a decision on their PUP player after the first 6 weeks of the regular season. Either release the player, release another player to activate the PUP player to the 53 man roster, or place the PUP player on injured reserve. In the case of Ivory, it's clear he will be activated to the 53 man roster. But what about the gameday roster?
Saints head coach Sean Payton noted over a week ago that Ivory is healthy and ready to go. Ivory wrote on his facebook wall, "Not sure if I'll play colts game but I'll start practice next wk. Have to wait and see if I'm activated."
How will coach Sean Payton deal with an already crowded backfield? In my opinion, Ivory will be on the 8 man inactive gameday list against the Colts.
It's already difficult enough for Payton to juggle the three headed horse of Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram, though Payton has done a nice job thus far. Running back was a position decimated by injuries a year ago, but has been unusually injury free thus far. Please don't knock on wood as you're reading this. I don't want to be responsible for some kind of jinx.
However, having a talented runner like Ivory as insurance, and a fifth capable back in Joique Bell (currently on the practice squad), probably helps Payton sleep better at night.
Ivory will see the field this season. It just won't be a week from Sunday when the Saints host the Colts.