The New York Jets dodged an injury scare, it appears, as running back Chris Ivory was diagnosed Friday morning with bruised ribs after having to leave Thursday’s preseason opening win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported via Twitter:
Just bruised ribs for Jets RB Chris Ivory. Remember, he cracked a rib in the season finale in Miami. #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 8, 2014
Ivory left in the second quarter of New York’s 13-10 victory over Indianapolis after carrying the ball seven times for 17 yards.
Ivory, entering his fifth year in the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Division II Tiffin, led the Jets last season with 833 yards on 182 carries with three touchdowns. He played for the New Orleans Saints from 2010-12 and had 1,307 yards and eight scores
The 6-foot, 222-pounder is reportedly the favorite to be the Jets’ short-yardage specialist after New York added speedier alternatives in former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson and third-year back Daryl Richardson.
Johnson had the Jets’ only touchdown Thursday night, but finished with just two yards on four attempts. Richardson toted the ball nine times for 27 yards.
Alex Green led the Gang Green ground attack with 29 yards on seven carries. The fourth-year pro out of Hawaii spent two years with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Jets last season, with whom he had 35 yards on 11 carries.
Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans this spring despite recording his sixth straight 1,000-yard season in 2013. He had 1,077 yards and six touchdowns on 279 carries, a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry.
In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards at a 5.6-yard-per-carry clip.
Richardson spent two years with the St. Louis Rams, rushing for 215 yards on 69 carries last season after gaining 475 yards on 98 attempts as a rookie out of Abilene Christian in 2012.