New Orleans Saints rookie running back Chris Ivory is undergoing “platelet rich plasma” treatment on his injured hamstring, James Varney of The Times-Picayune reports.
“I’m not really sure what it means, but I know what happens, the process,” Ivory said on Thursday. “They take blood out of your veins and they spin it in a machine and your red blood cells I believe drop to the bottom.”
According to orthohealing.com, the treatment involves drawing blood from the arm and spinning it in a centrifuge for 15 minutes, which removes components that do not aide the healing process. This increases the concentration of baseline platelets, which possess healing and growth proteins, and what remains is injected into the injured area.
New Orleans’ leading rusher with 683 yards and 5 touchdowns, the undrafted free agent from Tiffin University was limited in Wednesday’s practice, and did not participate in Thursday’s session.
Ivory is expected to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.