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The injury bug that has plagued running back Beanie Wells in Arizona struck again, biting Wells early on in 2012 and then clamping down hard on Ryan Williams, a second-year back who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Cardinals are now dangerously low at the running back position.
Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site pondered the idea of trading for a back, with Ivory's name on the top of the list:
The one trade name that does make some sense to me is Chris Ivory in New Orleans. He’s shown before he can perform and he is buried deep, deep on the Saints’ bench behind Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Ivory has been active only once this season, coming in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers. He didn't receive a carry or reception.
However, Ivory has been a highly productive back when on the field since 2010.
In two prior seasons with the Saints, Ivory rushed for 1,090 yards and six touchdowns on just 216 carries. He has also carried 22 times in the postseason.
What the Saints would want in return is anyone's best guess. For a fourth-string running back who hasn't played a snap in 2012, one could assume the price would be relatively low.
However, the Saints know the Cardinals have a glaring need.