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Chris Ivory expects to play vs. Jacksonville

Chris Ivory, left, takes a handoff from Mark

Chris Ivory, left, takes a handoff from Mark Sanchez during OTAs at the Atlantic Health Training Center. (May 22, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

CORTLAND – If all goes according to plan, Chris Ivory will be suited up for Saturday’s game against Jacksonville.

But first, the running back has to show the coaching staff he’s healthy enough to practice.

Ivory, the 6-foot, 222-pound back the Jets signed this offseason, has yet to practice in team drills during training camp because of a tight hamstring. On Sunday, he participated in running back drills, but spent most of the morning stretching, doing agility drills, and watching his teammates from the side.

Ivory said the plan was for him to be limited on Sunday, but added that he hasn’t felt any tightness in his hamstring in two days.

“I’m feeling better. I’m just going with the plan right now,” he said. “It’s always the goal to get back, but like I said, when I get back I want to be healthy and also when I get back I want to make sure I am mentally sharp with what I’m doing, when I touch the field and get ready to run plays.”

“I feel like they know what I’m capable of, but I’m not going to say I feel that my spot is secure. Everybody’s going out and working towards that number one spot. …But at the same time, they understand what I bring. And when I get out there, I just have to make sure that I’m putting myself in a position to continue to have their trust.”  

Due to injuries, and the unexpected arrest of Mike Goodson back in May, the Jets are now down three running backs -- leaving Bilal Powell to shoulder the load. Along with Ivory, Joe McKnight has missed several practices because of a number of ailments (dehydration, following a failed physical, and a recent head injury). The Jets also lost back-up running back John Griffin (lower leg fracture) for the season.

Tags: jets , chris ivory , john griffin , joe mcknight , lex hilliard , bilal powell

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