At last, Chris Ivory returns to practice

August, 12, 2013
8/12/13
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- First play of team drills: Handoff to Chris Ivory. Second play: Handoff to Ivory.

Rex Ryan liked.

"He looked excellent," he said of Ivory, who practiced fully for the first time. "I mean, that's a big, powerful man. That's the guy we've been waiting [for]. I think every Jets fan has been looking forward to seeing this guy run, and today we got to see it some. I was encouraged by it to say the least."

The Jets have big plans for Ivory. They sent a fourth-round pick to the Saints to acquire him in a draft-day trade, envisioning him as a Shonn Greene-type runner with more elusiveness. Ivory hurt his hamstring before camp, causing him to miss the first 18 days of camp, including the preseason opener. He returned Sunday on a limited basis, saying he hopes to play this week.

Barring a setback, Ivory is expected to play Saturday night against the Jaguars. It adds a different dimension to the Jets' depleted backfield, which includes Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. Mike Goodson remains out of camp for undisclosed personal reasons.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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