Chris Ivory did the right thing Dan Leberfeld

Foxboro – There’s an old expression – “Discretion is the better part of valor.”

The Jets needed a big game from Chris Ivory today in order to beat the Patriots.

But on his first carry of the game, he felt a twinge in his hamstring, and pulled himself out of the game.

Smart move.

It’s a long season, and the last thing the Jets needed was for their star tailback to suffer a major pull or tear of his hamstring.

“I didn’t feel I could push it (early in the game) without pulling it,” Ivory said after the game.

He eventually came back and played a lot in the second half once the hamstring warmed up sufficiently.

And the good news for the Jets is he felt fine after the game.

“I didn’t hurt it,” Ivory said in the post-game locker room. “I’m fine. I don’t have any soreness or gimpiness. I will practice on Wednesday.”

While it was disappointing for the Jets and their fans that Ivory had to pull himself out early, and play sparingly in the first half, but it was as smart move.

With a long season ahead, he did the right thing policing his hamstring.