Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter

METAIRIE, La. Running back Chris Ivory doesn't know exactly when he'll return to the Saints active roster.

But he is sure of one thing he'll be ready to go when that time comes.

Ivory can officially come off of the physically unable to perform list after six weeks on it, rehabbing his left foot from offseason surgery and a sports hernia injury he picked up during that rehab.

'I started feeling really good, like a lot better, as far as my foot probably about three weeks ago,' Ivory said. 'So, I think PUP helped me a lot, a great deal.'

Ivory led the Saints in 2010 despite playing in only 12 games because of various injuries. He recorded five touchdowns and 716 yards on 137 carries, nearly 550 yards more than the next-closest running back.

And though the Saints are set in the backfield with Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas right now, none have shown the potential to be a dominant back for a full game. Ingram leads the team, but only with 238 yards on 71 carries.

Ivory is eligible to come off the PUP this week, but that's not necessarily a sure thing. The Saints have 21 days to see him practice without taking up a roster spot before they have to make a decision, which could come at any time in those three weeks.

For now, Ivory doesn't know which direction the Saints are looking.

'I'm still waiting to hear how things will go this week and next week,' Ivory said.

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