Bradley Handwerger / Sports Writer

METAIRIE, La. ― Saints running Chris Ivory had a sports hernia procedure in Philadelphia on Friday, continuing a setback for him that began in January when he went on injured reserve with a Lisfranc foot injury.

Dr. Williams Meyers, who has repaired several other Saints with sports hernias, operated on Ivory.

'He had some pain and discomfort along with the Lisfranc on the left foot,' Saints coach Sean Payton said.

The rehabilitation time is expected to be about three weeks, which Payton said is on par with what Ivory had left in his foot rehabilitation.

Ivory played in 12 games in 2010, starting four. He rushed for 716 yards and scored five touchdowns. He missed New Orleans' games against Baltimore and Atlanta because of a hamstring strain, but returned on Jan. 2 against Tampa Bay. He rushed the ball seven times for 33 yards, but left the game and never returned.

As for the sports hernia, Payton said the decision to do the surgery now came because of Ivory's rehab with the foot injury.

'We could have gone the route where we try to rest him and then have this thing linger for the season,' Payton said. 'We went ahead and made that decision and the report back to us was that it went well. There was a tear that was clean. (Meyers) felt the repair went real well. Felt it was something that would be three weeks.'

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