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Ivory (hammy) sits on Day 1, says it’s not 'a setback'

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 -- With Mike Goodson’s status still up in the air, the sight of Chris Ivory on the stationary bike Friday morning -- the first day of Jets training camp -- caught many by surprise.

“Just precaution,” said the 6-foot, 220-pound running back, who spent the first day of training camp on the sideline.

“Muscular?” asked one reporter.

“Precaution,” the running back responded matter-of-factly.

Ivory said he experienced tightness in his hamstring before the team reported to training camp, so he and the training staff decided it was best for him to sit out a few days.

“I don’t want to come back (too soon) and make things worse,” he said, growing somewhat impatient with the line of questioning.

Ivory did say that he expects to be back on the practice field by Sunday, but it all depends on how his body feels tomorrow.

Rex Ryan raved during minicamp about the running back's physicality, but stressed Ivory true strength wouldn’t be visible until their padded practices.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a concern,” the coach said Friday of Ivory’s injury. “It wasn’t like it was completely pulled. But it’s enough concern to keep him out of practice. …Wait ‘til he gets the pads on, he’ll start shining. You guys know it, he’s a physical runner.”

Though the timing of his injury isn’t ideal, Ivory – who’s vying to be the Jets’ No. 1 back – said he wasn’t frustrated being a spectator on the first day of camp.

“I wouldn’t call it a setback. I would (say), before it gets to the extreme point to where I am sitting out a week or two, I rather take some time off and make sure I’m ready to go," he said.

“…The opportunity is there. It’s just about me performing. I don’t think there’s a doubt in my game, about what I can do. It’s just about me being out there and being healthy.” 

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