Chris Ivory Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Status, Likely Return Date
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory exited his team's Week 3 game against the AFC East division rival Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury and is questionable to return.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported on the unfortunate development for the Jets' backfield:
Jets RB Chris Ivory is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 22, 2013
Ivory is active for Week 5 against the Falcons.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From the Jets Twitter feed:
Jets inactives: QB Brady Quinn, WR Santonio Holmes, CB Dee Milliner, G Will Campbell, T Ben Ijalana, T Oday Aboushi, TE Zach Sudfeld.— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 26
The outlook for Ivory in Week 4 is not promising, and it sounds like Bilal Powell will be the main back according to Jane McManus of ESPN New York: "This week, since Ivory missed Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first quarter of the Bills game, Powell could find himself the No. 1 back again."
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York provides some discouraging news regarding Ivory's injury:
Chris Ivory hamstring: Same one as camp, but injury in different spot. Given slow recovery the 1st time, team not expecting quick rebound.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 23, 2013
Ivory was thought to be a possible No. 1 running back and just the type of player head coach Rex Ryan covets in his penchant for a ground-and-pound offense. That's why the Jets traded for him in the offseason for a fourth-round pick.
The physical running style Ivory has become renowned for has also sidelined him rather frequently, though. He suffered through hamstring issues last season as a member of the New Orleans Saints, per KFFL.com.
Bilal Powell has taken over the top slot on the depth chart and Ivory hasn't done anything to change the team's mind in that regard, as he had just five yards on four carries when he left the game.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has athleticism and mobility to help the Jets' rushing attack, and while Ivory's injury setback hopefully isn't severe, he ultimately hasn't rewarded the franchise's investment in him thus far.
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