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Saintswrath 03-28-2011 10:44 AM

New Orleans Saints' Chris Ivory working his way through an uncertain time
 
The New Orleans Saints' leading rusher from last season found himself Sunday night at a charitable event in Mandeville, happy to be of assistance and happy to be walking in something close to normal fashion.

Such is the life of second-year running back Chris Ivory, who is dealing with post-surgery rehabilitation and, like all his colleagues, in something of a state of limbo.
With the NFL owners' lockout continuing and neither management nor the players discussing a labor peace, both sides gear for a pending federal court date while the players scramble for places to stay in shape.

For some players, who rose through the big-time programs of LSU, say, or Texas, first-class facilities are always available. But for others such as Ivory, who came from little-known campuses (Tiffin) and blossomed as undrafted rookie free agents, the options are fewer as they face an offseason on their own.
That's a double precarious deal for Ivory, given his proclivity to injury. Ivory averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season, but was limited to 716 yards on 137 carries overall because he could not stay in the lineup. He played in 12 games, four of them starts, but he was inactive for the other four and he watched from the injured reserve list as the Saints, their backfield seriously shorthanded, lost to Seattle in a stunning road upset in a wild-card game.





On Sunday, looking trim and fit in a suit and tie, Ivory offered confident assurances his physical situation is improving weekly, that his mental approach to the game has never been better, and that he, like many players looking to make a name and bank account for themselves through football, are champing at the bit to return to action.
Indeed, the scariest thing for Ivory on Sunday night appeared to be the prospect of being one of the featured attractions at a major fundraiser for the St. Tammany Parish Children's Museum, at which more than 1,000 people were expected. One of the event's hosts greeted Ivory at the Castine Center with the observation it was good to see him walking again, and out of the protective boot he was wearing the last time they'd met.


(read full article here: nola.com)

ALLSAINTS66 03-28-2011 01:13 PM

Wow, I actually learned something by reading the comments of this article.
All my life I heard that horses were "chomping at the bit". Turns out,
it really IS "champing"!!!

Champing | Define Champing at Dictionary.com

st thomas 03-28-2011 01:32 PM

i want ivory in a coachs hands right now ,this is very important for his nfl future. man this sucks guys . the lockout i mean. its all about workers comp. has to be . the owners don't want to pay the premiums while there disputing this cba. its part of it anyway.

Rugby Saint II 03-28-2011 03:22 PM

He'll be at camp with us I would imagine. Hamilton and PT should be available for training camp which will make for a really good position battle for the running backs. Although, PT should get the start and the other players can filter through the system. PT is the man and has a fresh contract. The battle will be for back up and 3rd down carries. The scrubs we picked up off the street probably won't make it back.

saintfan 03-28-2011 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by strato (Post 291719)
Ivory is our future back...he will lick this injury bug...i believe in him

I'm down with this. He plays with heart - you can tell he wants it and doesn't think he deserves it.

QBREES9 03-28-2011 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by strato (Post 291719)
Ivory is our future back...he will lick this injury bug...i believe in him

Out of know where, comes Chris Ivory Cinderella story. He was great last year and is going to be great for years to come.

Danno 03-28-2011 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 291738)
Out of know where, comes Chris Ivory Cinderella story. .

Great analogy. Cinderella wore glass slippers... I'm just sayin' :cool:

UK_WhoDat 03-30-2011 02:58 PM

Good news I hope. This man will be a big time success for the Saints

SAINT_MICHAEL 03-30-2011 04:43 PM

I like Ivory, but upgrading the RB spot is the team's #2 priority IMO.


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