Ivory was left on the PUP list and no other announcement has been made since. General Manager Mickey Loomis was asked early in the week about Ivory to which he simply stated the rules about the PUP list.
After the mandatory 6 weeks a player on the PUP list has to sit out, teams have three weeks that the player can begin practicing and then another three weeks to be placed on the active roster. After that, the player has to either be released or remain on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.
Message boards and people hit Twitter trying to see what was going on with Ivory and his status. Ivory hasn’t given a determination himself either as to his return. Theories are going from improbable to plausible scenarios.
1. Ivory is going to be released: Not likely. The Saints know a good thing when they see it and would have done this from the moment his PUP status was done. Much like what happened to LB Clint Ingram last year.
2. The Saints are trying to trade Ivory: That deadline has come and gone on Tuesday. Reference back to Question #1.
3. Ivory is still seriously injured or had a setback: Actually, Head Coach Sean Payton, Asst. Coach Joe Vitt, and even Ivory himself have said that he is back to or near 100% and is ready to play. Both Vitt and Loomis said recently that they are going to monitor Ivory’s situation further though.