Kristian: Frustrated Ivory may be heading for a trade
Kristian@wwl.com - Saints running back Chris Ivory told me after Wednesday's practice that he's not happy with cooling his heels on the sidelines.
"Deep down, I would have to say, yes, I'm frustrated," Ivory told me. "It's a little frustrating to just kind of sit back. I just feel like my worth is more than that, than just, you know, sitting back on the side."
The Black and Gold rank near the bottom of the league in rushing yards per game. Not too long ago, Ivory led the league in yards after contact. A lot of people, me included, think that he could be breaking some tackles and giving the offense some juice.
"Well, that's out of my hands...but at this point, you know, in the season, I do feel that I should be on the field, you know," Ivory said. "But I'm not playing, they're not putting me out there, so I guess I'm going have to continue to try to be patient to try to see, you know, how things go from here."
He told me the Saints coaches haven't said why he's not getting playing time on the field.
"No, I don't really get too much communication from them, they don't communicate with me. But, that's where I stand, just waiting and being patient. And I do understand the deadline of this trade is at the end of this month...we'll see what happens."
When asked if he would request a trade, Ivory replied, "No comment."
So, why isn't he playing? Well, the only thing that makes sense to me is that the team is not playing him because they DO plan on trading him.
I mean, there's no upside for the Saints in playing him now if they plan to trade him before the deadline at the end of the month. If they play him and he gets hurt, his value as a trade plummets. If he plays and has an outstanding game, and then they still trade him, the fans would go crazy.
No one knows for sure why he's not playing...but remember, there are FIVE running backs on this roster. You can't carry five forever. Something's going to give, and I think we may see Ivory playing for someone else the first week of November.
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