Rex: Chris Ivory’s rib injury will be “fine”

Coach Rex Ryan stated following Thursday night’s preseason opener that whatever injury Chris Ivory suffered Thursday night after leaving the game with a rib injur, won’t hold him off the field for too long.

“Ivory had [a rib injury] and did not finish” Ryan told reporters after the game. “He should be fine.”

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The protocol that NFL teams follow with rib injuries is to get players X-rays as soon as possible.  By Rex Ryan saying that Ivory should be fine could indicate that the X-rays were negative for a fracture and might just be soft tissue damage.  We expected that even if the injury was minor (which it seems like it was) the Jets pulling Ivory from the game had more to do with precautions since this is preseason football and not a game that “counts” when it comes to divsional standings or a playoff berth.

While the Jets depth at running back might be one of the best in the league, the whole group is very interdependent in each other for specific roles.  Johnson is tabbed as the team’s best pass catcher and dynamic perimeter playmaker.  Ivory is lined up to do the heavy lifting betwen the tackles.  Bilal Powell is the best blend of both and can fill in should either need to sit.  But with Powell sitting last night due to a hamstring injury of his own, the injury to Ivory seemed to cause concern about the whole group.


But Joey said his rib was broken.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

This is good news.  We'll need him.

The offensive line looked pretty bad, both in pass protection and run blocking.  Hopefully they can improve some, but I don't think the talent is there to be an elite line.  We'll need all the running back help we can get since these guys will be more often than not, running into a crowd.

Geno looked better.  He was still skiddish and had that frantic squirrel-in-the-road tone to his play.  But, it's only his second year.  I think in four to five years, he will settle down.  Watching Vick, who is so calm and relaxed in the pocket, hopefully gives us a picture as to what Geno can become, given four or five seasons to mature.  I'd definitely like to see Geno play out this year, for better or worse, as I don't think he's going to be the make-or-break factor of this team.  Better to get him another year of experience.

I was surprised that the first team defensive line was so easily handled by the Colts offense.  I think we've all gotten sucked into the bold talk and the "sons-of-anarchy" hype, but I didn't see anything special.  Hopefully they can improve, though the lack of talent in the defensive secondary kind of renders them moot.  It's like the defensive line is a world class high jumper, but the secondary is an anvil on their foot.  They won't be able to achieve their potential with open guys running free everywhere.  Sure, Pryor wasn't out there, but he's not going to suddenly turn the thing around. 

All in all, I think 8-8 or 9-7 is a good goal for the team this year.  We've got to get the defensive secondary, the offensive line, and Geno in better shape.  All of it just takes time and patience.  Hopefully people's expectations aren't so outlandish that we start throwing guys under the bus.  The wins are going to be tough to get this year, but I think we'll see a lot of growth from these young guys.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@Ceifus Hornswoggle One of the biggest strengths of the Jets defense is the game planning by the coaches. Until they are game planning for the offense you really can't expect that much. It's all just man vs man....