Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) walks off the practice field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Is the Past Starting to Haunt Jets' RB Chris Ivory?

Let me start this one off with a disclaimer: I love the acquisition of Chris Ivory. I was thrilled when they made the trade, and I am still thrilled now. The rest of this piece is not a backhanded way to try to say that I didn’t want him to begin with. It is just me wondering about his durability. That being said, I will press ahead..

Also, I am not that concerned about Chris Ivory’s hamstring yet. On its face, it is still very early. As long as he can get some reps before the season begins he will be just fine. But, when I got to thinking about his past, it made me wonder…

Should we be concerned?

Chris Ivory has a violent running style. That style is part of the reason that we all wanted him here, as he was the opposite of the plodding Shonn Greene. But, the fact is, that style has also caused him injury problems, and problems that he has never recovered from quickly.

It started back in college for Chris. During his final year, he played five games before he suffered a season ending knee injury. Through his entire three-year career at Washington State, he only played in 22 games. Despite that, the Saints’ scouts liked what they saw and drafted Ivory in 2010.

In 2010, despite leading the team in rushing, Ivory had several injuries. After the last regular season game, he was put on injured reserve and didn’t play in the postseason. He didn’t heal quickly, and spent the first six games on the 2011 campaign on the PUP list. No, this wasn’t a hamstring like he has now. But, fact is he didn’t heal quickly then.

Now we come to the 2013 season. Ivory has come to Jets’ camp with a lot of expectations, and then we have this hamstring injury. Again, it’s early in training camp, we know that. This isn’t REALLY a problem until the regular season comes closer. But, for an injury that was supposed to be slight, he isn’t getting better.

What worries me, at least a little bit, is that Chris Ivory’s history is to take a long time getting better. Look at his past. That has what it has been for him with his past injuries. Could this be his past coming back to haunt Chris again? The fact of the matter is, we don’t know.

I hope that it isn’t.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    At this point and up until the second preseason game I don’t think it’s really an issue. If he’s still idle after the second preseason game I think we’ll need to look at replacement options. That said, I do think we have cause for concern at this point, especially given Goodson’s mysterious absence and McKnight’s predictable injury issues, now compounded by him proving he is a complete knucklehead by speeding past a cop, on the right, resulting in his arrest for stupid basic negligence as well. What a dope.

    • TheJetPress

      Agreed on the dope comment. I too agree like I said in the article, I really am not worried yet on Ivory, however just thinking that he spent most of his career so far suffering through injuries, made me a little concerned.

  • Paul Newbold

    I must admit, I like Ivory’s style of running, he is talented, he was buried on an offense with plenty of talent. I can see why the Jets went out after him. I’ve been questioning his durability since the acquisition, He’s yet to play a full season as an every day back and has had his share of injuries playing a back up roll. Am I concerned about his hamstring? Hell yes!! Not time to panic yet, but the hammy has already taken its time healing, even Rex said he’s disappointed its taken this long. The Jets took a gamble with Ivory…here’s hoping it pays off!!

    • TheJetPress

      Agreed Paul. Real serious concern? Not yet. But the fact that he has a history of injuries has to be taken into account