Today the New Orleans Saints made a few roster moves — signing tight end Tory Humphrey and releasing quarterback Sean Canfield – although the bigger news is the change in running back Chris Ivory’s status.
Ivory was promoted from from the reserve/physically unable list to the active/physically unable to perform list, meaning he can now practice with the team in full.
Before the start of the season the decision was made to put Ivory on the PUP list after he missed all of training camp while recovering from foot and hernia surgery.
Last season he lead the Saints in rushing during his rookie debut with over 700 yards and an impressive 5.2 yard per carry average.
The Saints will have three weeks to contemplate their next move. Ivory can either be added to the active roster or placed on season ending injured reserve. He is however healthy and ready to play making it doubtful he does get an IR designation.
Ivory even has a chance to suit up for the Saints upcoming game against the St. Louis Rams, thanks is large part to an injury to the teams workhorse rookie running back Mark Ingram.
Against the Colts Ingram rushed for 91 yards before injuring his heel in the fourth quarter. No extensive damage was revealed but his status is being called day-to-day while he deals with the pain and swelling.
Head coach Sean Payton confirmed during his regular Wednesday press conference that Ivory would indeed play if Ingram becomes a scrap Sunday.
Yes, I think so. Just think about that though. If Mark couldn’t go, we’d go into the game with just two halfbacks. Three weeks ago I think we were discussing him (Ivory) and I would say probably for the last two games he would have been healthy and ready to play and certainly is now. The challenges beginning today are getting acclimated to the football specifics. Not only did he take snaps with our offense, but he took a lot of scout-team snaps. The key is just getting into that football shape where he’s used to contact and used to doing some of the things regardless of rehab and conditioning that you can’t simulate until you play football. That’s the big thing.