Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. – Running back Chris Ivory said he hasn’t been told whether he’ll be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list or the active roster as the team pares down the roster to 53 players.
But regardless of the decision, he said he’ll be ready to go physically.
Mentally? That’s another question.
“I wouldn’t say I would be right ready to go.” Ivory said. “It’s just going to take me being out there. That’s what it’s going to take. It’s going to take me being out there and actually reacting to what’s going on in front of me. I feel like once I get guys in front of me trying to hit me and just me reacting, I think all that will take over what I’m feeling.”
Ivory led the Saints a season ago, finishing with 716 yards on 137 rushes, a 5.2 yard-per-carry average despite playing in only 12 games because of injuries. He went on Injured Reserve after breaking a bone in his left foot in the final regular season game on Jan. 2.
He was rehabilitating his foot early in training camp when he had to have surgery to repair a sports hernia, a setback for a player expected to help the team boost its running game.
On Friday, Ivory first hinted that injuries might be a chronic thing for him, saying, “I feel like maybe I’m always going to have a little, some problems within my injury. That’s something I’m going to have to work through.”
But when pressed, he said he didn’t mean that injuries will be a problem but rather he won’t know where he is in regard to recovering from injuries.
“I’m saying as far as the way I come back from the injury, I won’t know how I respond until I actually have live bullets flying at me,” Ivory said. “When I’m actually reacting, that’s when I’ll be able to know where I stand.”