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Monday, September 23, 2013
Long recovery expected for Ivory

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets running back Chris Ivory's status is unknown after he tweaked his left hamstring during Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills. While the Jets are unsure of when they will have Ivory back, they are not expecting a quick recovery given Ivory's history of injuries.

"Right now we'll let you know on Wednesday when the injury report comes out," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "It is a hamstring, though, I'll let you know that."

The left hamstring is the same one that gave Ivory problems during training camp and caused him to miss two weeks of practice and the first preseason game, but Ryan said this time the injury is in a different location. Ivory has struggled with injuries throughout his career, including during his brief time with the Jets.

Chris Ivory
Chris Ivory's status will be revealed on Wednesday.
Ivory played just four snaps on Sunday, rushing four times for five yards. On his final run, he grabbed his left hamstring after going down and came off favoring that leg. Ivory did not talk to reporters afterward, but had his upper left leg bandaged with a wire underneath.

The Jets traded a fourth-round pick to New Orleans to acquire Ivory, but he has been a disappointment thus far. He has rushed 26 times for 72 yards through the first three games, and has averaged 1.5 yards or less per carry in two of those games, including Sunday. He has yet to get into the end zone.

With Ivory sidelined, starter Bilal Powell ran for a career-high 149 yards on 27 carries. By far, he has been the better back this season, rushing for 226 yards on 52 carries and one touchdown, and catching eight passes for 66 yards.

"Bilal Powell, man oh man, he was outstanding in that game," Ryan said.

If Ivory has to miss any time, it could leave him behind Powell and the returning Mike Goodson in the Jets' backfield. Goodson is currently suspended for violating the league's drug policy, but he will be able to return on Sept. 30, the day after the Jets play the Titans. The Jets clearly see something in Goodson that they like as they inked him to a three year, $6.9 million deal in the offseason.

"I think the way the game is played now I think you have to have a stable of backs," Ryan said. "I think you're trying to have fresh backs."