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New Orleans Saints: Crowded running back group clouds future of Chris Ivory

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Bell sprained his PCL during that game, and now will likely miss the rest of the preseason while recovering. That could seriously derail his attempts to crack the 53-man roster.

To offset the loss of Bell the Saints signed former Steeler and long time Dolphin running back Patrick Cobbs. In his five-year career he has 52 kickoff returns, 37 rushing attempts, 32 receptions, and six touchdowns (two rushing, four receiving).

Neither Bell or Cobbs are a lock to make the roster, although Cobbs special teams ability gives his as good a chance as any to make the opening roster.

The Saints are not likely to give up on Ivory any time soon as he has shown to much promise to just flat out release.

However it’s a numbers game and Ivory seems like the odd man out currently, making it difficult to justify rewarding him with a roster spot with such a talented group around him.

For Ivory the best thing for him to do is to get more time to recover. New Orleans could certainly let him sit on the 53 and do just that, but a more realistic option may be for him to start the season the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP).

He would be eligible to return after six weeks, at which time the league mandates he would have three weeks to start practicing and from there another three weeks to join the active roster or go back on the PUP list.

Whatever the Saints decide to do will have alot to do with how pleased they are with Ivory’s recovery, as well as how much they like Joique Bell, Chris Taylor, or Patrick Cobbs as a fourth running back for the foreseeable future.