As of yet the Saints have made no indication on if or when they plan to place on him the active roster — which bewilders most considering that he rushed for over 700 yards and averaged over five yards a carry in 2010.
Entering into Sunday’s contest against the Colts the Saints rank 18th in the league in rushing, so realistically they could use Ivory in the backfield to help improve a unit that is putting up only 107 yards a game.
But Ivory’s return only complicates an already complicated situation — how to split the carries — among three healthy runningbacks in Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Darren Sproles who are already battling for playing time.
Head coach Sean Payton suffered a gruesome league injury during the Saints loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled out of bounds into Payton’s left leg, tearing his MCL and fracturing his tibia.
Emergency surgery the following Monday was successful, and after spending two days in the hospital under observation he was released today.
But even when he was in the hospital he communicated with his coaching staff by phone and watched “tape” on an iPad. His first pit stop? The teams Metairie practice facility.
Payton plans to continue his game planning for the Colts, and will be in attendance for the teams practice over the next several days.
The plan come game day — to call the plays from the coaches box — something Payton has never done since becoming a head coach.