The Saints injured reserve list just got alot shorter as twelve total players have officially been removed, but that doesn’t mean some extended recovery time doesn’t lye ahead for some.
Taken off IR were running back Ladell Betts (neck), wide receiver Courtney Roby (concussion), safety Chris Reis (shoulder), running back Lynell Hamilton (knee), linebacker Stanley Arnoux (achilles), running back P.J. Hill (left leg), linebacker Jason Kyle (shoulder), running back Chris Ivory (left foot), linebacker Johnathan Casillas (foot), full back Marcus Mailei (ankle), corner back Randall Gay (concussion) and running back Pierre Thomas (ankle).
P.J. Hill has been released but was competing for a roster spot before last season before suffering a leg injury in the preseason clearing the way for rookie running back Chris Ivory’s ascension up the Saints roster. Marcus Mailei was also waived.
Ivory burst onto the scene with the Saints after a rash of injuries forced him into a starting role. He lead all Saints running backs last season in rushing yards (716), rushing touchdowns (5) and yards per carry (5.2) until injuring his left foot during the last regular season game against the Buccaneers.
Some weeks ago Ivory underwent Lisfranc surgery to repair torn tendons between many of the tiny bones in the top of the foot, his recovery is expected to run well into the off season program.