August 6, 2011

Ivory Undergoes Sports Hernia Surgery

Not 24 hours after the Saints cut Lynell Hamilton, Chris Ivory has suffered a sports hernia injury, and is out for at least three weeks.

Ivory has missed training camp so far because of a Lisfranc injury and offseason surgery, the sports hernia adds to his worries.

The new harkens back to 2009, when the Saints were devastated by sports hernia surgeries.

Surgery on the hernia was performed in Philadelphia, where other Saints had the procedure.

“Realistically, I think it’s a three-week procedure," Sean Payton said on Friday after practice. "The feeling was to get this done now. We could have gone the route where we tried to rest him and have this thing linger throughout the season, so we went ahead and made that decision."

"The real question is whether the foot is ahead or behind the sports hernia. They are probably around the same range, which made it an easy decision to have this surgery done now," Payton said. "I think you can still rehab the foot without stressing the surgery he just had. But again, he is working through two things."

The surgery puts a protective mesh on the herniated tissue, a common treatment for hernia injuries to people in all walks of life, helps to prevent the worsening of the condition. Healing is slow and painful.

A sports hernia practically ended the career of  Jammal Brown and forced Jermon Bushrod into the starting lineup in 2009.

Ivory's departure, the Reggie Bush trade and Hamilton's release leave the Saints with Pierre Thomas, free agent addition Darren Sproles and first round pick Mark Ingram at the top of the depth chart.  Joique Bell and Chris Taylor are also on the roster.

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