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Friday, July 25, 2014

Jets Injury Update: Chris Ivory sat out team drills with hamstring injury

By on 7/25/2014 08:00:00 AM

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports New York Jets running back Chris Ivory sat out of team drills Thursday with a hamstring injury. Despite Ivory's track record of hamstring injuries last season, Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not seem to be worried.

"He did have a little bit of a hamstring, but he's fine," Ryan said via The Star-Ledger. "It's not a major deal."

Despite all of his hamstring issues last season, Ivory only missed one game in his first year as a Jet. However, the hamstring pain severely limited Ivory's abilities last year in camp and early on in the season.

Ivory still led the Jets in rushing last season with 833 yards on the ground. But this year, Ivory will have to compete with newly acquired running back Chris Johnson for the starting role. Either way, both backs will likely share the majority of the workload with Johnson coming back from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus which he played with last season.

The ideal situation for the Jets running game would be for Ivory to be the workhorse back with Johnson coming in as the change of pace/third-down running back. But it all depends on whether or not both Johnson and Ivory can stay healthy.

Hanging on to Bilal Powell could prove to be a smart move by the Jets as he gives them a nice insurance policy at the running back position.

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