The Bills are releasing Ivory on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
It's a bit of a surprise the team waited this long after giving Frank Gore a one-year, $2 million contract at the beginning of free agency. Coming off three consecutive seasons with less than 4.0 yards per carry, the 31-year-old Ivory likely will need to battle for a 53-man roster spot at his next NFL stop, assuming he continues his career. Marcus Murphy (elbow) now projects as the No. 3 running back in Buffalo, though he'll surely have some rookie competition.
Ivory had been the clear backup to starting running back LeSean McCoy entering free agency but will now have competition for the No. 2 job after the Bills signed Frank Gore on Wednesday.
The addition of Gore not only hurts Ivory's chances of winning the backup role, but also makes him a potential cap casualty ahead of the regular season. It doesn't help Ivory's case that he's never contributed much on special teams in his NFL career, which is something most teams demand from at least one of their reserve backs.
Ivory carried the ball 14 times for 45 yards in Sunday's finale against the Dolphins while hauling in his only target for 45 yards.
The 3.2 yards per carry isn't great, but the 46-yard catch helped set the tone for one of the team's better offensive games of the season. It'll be interesting to see what the Bills do with veterans LeSean McCoy and Ivory this offseason. The team continues to say McCoy is part of the plan for 2019, while also saying complementary things all season about Ivory and what he brings to the table. Still, both backs are on the other side of 30 and at some point -- perhaps soon -- the Bills will have to start working in younger runners and there may not be room for both. If McCoy did leave in a salary cap move (something GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott keep denying), Ivory could be a good role player in kind of a 50-50 backfield, perhaps similar to what the Dolphins did with Frank Gore this season. That said, Ivory may be more likely to be gone than McCoy at this stage, though the former has an affordable 2019 cost after signing a modest two-year deal in March.
Ivory (shoulder) is active Sunday against Miami.
Ivory will break a streak of two games in a row on the inactive list, but could be a candidate to see some carries with rookie Keith Ford a scratch for this contest. LeSean McCoy is listed as the projected starter, but Ivory is the only other true running back suiting up. Should Ivory find himself with a role in the offense, he could see favorable opportunities against a Miami defense surrendering the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in PPR formats.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing fully all week.
Despite the tag, it looks like Ivory will be be available this weekend after missing the Bills' past two games. That said, in such a scenario, his Week 17 workload would be hard to predict, with the team possibly wanting to close out starter LeSean McCoy's season on a positive note, in addition to giving rookie Keith Ford reps for evaluation purposes.
Ivory (shoulder) practiced fully for the second straight day Thursday.
It looks like Ivory will suit up for the Bills' finale against Miami after missing the past two games. However, with the team possibly wanting to end LeSean McCoy's season on a positive note in what's been an awful year, as well as continuing to give rookie Keith Ford some totes, Ivory would be a pretty big dart to count on for those scrambling for Week 17 fantasy production.
Ivory (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.
Ivory, who has been inactive for the last two games, thus appears poised to join LeSean McCoy and Keith Ford in the Bills' backfield Sunday against the Dolphins. In that context, Ivory isn't a high-percentage fantasy option, given that he'll likely handle only limited carries with the other two backs available.
Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Ivory (shoulder) should be in "good shape" for the Bills' Week 17 matchup with the Dolphins, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Despite putting in full practices Thursday and Friday of last week, Ivory was ultimately inactive for Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Patriots while tending to the shoulder issue he first sustained Week 14 against the Jets. McDermott's comments suggest the added rest proved beneficial for Ivory, who isn't expected to face many restrictions as he prepares for the season finale. The Bills will release their first practice report of Week 17 later Wednesday, with Ivory likely to be listed as a full participant once again.
Ivory (shoulder) is inactive for Week 16's matchup against New England.
Ivory managed to log back-to-back full practices this week, but reports surfaced early Sunday morning that the veteran back was in line to miss his second consecutive game. That notion will come true with the release of the inactive report, leaving Ivory to sit his third overall game of the season. His absence will be cushioned by the return of starter LeSean McCoy (hamstring), who will make his return to the backfield after missing Week 15. McCoy is listed as the starter and should get the majority of the backfield touches, with Keith Ford on hand to serve in a reserve capacity. There's thought that Ivory would be able to play if the Bills were in the running for anything, but his dinged-up nature gives the team a reason to give Ford some extra looks.
Ivory (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, isn't expected to play, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Ivory sat out the Bills' Week 15 win over the Lions with the shoulder issue, but he appeared to be trending toward suiting up Sunday after logging full practices Thursday and Friday. Instead, Ivory now looks on track to miss a second straight game, which might have less to do with his health than the Bills' desire to take a longer look at undrafted rookie Keith Ford in the No. 2 role out of the backfield. After joining Ivory in street clothes in Week 15, LeSean McCoy (hamstring) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday and should reprise his role as the Bills' lead back.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New England.
After practicing fully for the second straight day, Ivory seems more likely to play than not. With LeSean McCoy mostly healthy in front of him and the Bills wanting to give rookie Keith Ford some looks, Ivory doesn't make for an appealing fantasy option even if he does suit up.
Ivory, who missed the Bills' Week 15 win over Detroit and was limited Wednesday with a shoulder injury, was back to a full practice Thursday.
It looks like the Bills will be back to their full running back stable as they try to upset the Patriots in Week 16, as LeSean McCoy also practiced fully after missing last week's game. With just 340 rushing yards and one score, Ivory holds almost no late-season value unless the Bills were to sit out McCoy in one of the last two games, which doesn't appear to be in the works.
Ivory (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.
The same applies to top running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) with both players having sat out the Week 15 win over the Lions. A limited session Wednesday suggests that Ivory has a chance to play Sunday against the Patriots, but if that happens, he would likely work in a complementary role, assuming McCoy is also good to go.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as inactive Sunday against Detroit.
Ivory was an early exit Week 14 due to the shoulder injury, and even though he practiced all week long, reports leading up to kickoff had indicated that he would be unavailable. Those reports were confirmed when the inactive list was released, leaving the Buffalo backfield in pretty rough shape for the team's matchup with Detroit. Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford are the only healthy true running backs on the active roster, though Isaiah McKenzie may be an option for carries as well.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions but isn't expected to play, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Adam Schefter of ESPN relays that the Bills won't decide on Ivory's status until he completes a pregame workout. It appears that LeSean McCoy (hamstring)'s status will also come down to a game-time call, according to Rapoport, though Schefter reports the Bills' starting running back is not expected to play. If both McCoy and Ivory -- his top backup -- are unavailable, it would leave Marcus Murphy and the newly signed Keith Ford as the lone healthy options in the backfield for Buffalo. A final word on the statuses of McCoy and Ivory should come at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST, when the Bills will release their Week 15 inactive list.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.
That said, Ivory practiced fully all week, so it would be a surprise if he wasn't available this weekend. Assuming he's a go Sunday, Ivory's fantasy utility is tied to the status of top back LeSean McCoy (hamstring), who is also listed as questionable after being a limited practice participant both Thursday and Friday.
Ivory (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.
Ivory's ability to handle every rep of the Bills' first practice of Week 15 suggests the shoulder issue that forced his departure in last weekend's loss to the Jets isn't a concern. The 30-year-old will be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Lions, but how much work he might receive largely depends on the status of fellow running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring). After exiting early in the Week 14 contest with an injury of his own, McCoy was unable to practice Wednesday.
Ivory (shoulder) will participate in practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Ivory's presence on the field in any capacity bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Lions. His Week 15 status gains added import after fellow running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was unable to practice Wednesday, casting some doubt about the latter's ability to play this weekend.
Coach Sean McDermott said Ivory (shoulder) is day-to-day, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
McDermott said the same thing about LeSean McCoy (shoulder), who also made an early exit from Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Jets. With Marcus Murphy left as the only healthy running back on the 53-man roster, it's a decent bet the Bills sign at least one new player within the next few days, though McDermott says he'll try to make that decision as late in the week as possible depending on the two veterans' practice statuses. Murphy could be looking at a three-down role in Week 15 against the Lions if both McCoy and Ivory ultimately can't play.
Ivory was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jets with a shoulder injury.
With LeSean McCoy dealing with a hamstring issue, Marcus Murphy is now in line to handle the Bills' running back carries Sunday.