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Jets Place RB Matt Forte on IR with Knee Injury

The season is over for veteran running back Matt Forte as the Jets placed him on injured reserve Saturday according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

The 32-year-old has been playing through questionable tags for weeks as he battled a knee injury and admitted earlier in the week that he has been “playing on one leg.” Forte frankly never seemed fully recovered from his 2016 knee issues and his role in the Jets running back-by-committee rotation has diminished in the second half of the season. He finishes 2017 with 103 rushes for 381 yards and two touchdowns plus added 293 yards and another touchdown through the air.

Forte has stated that he plans to return in 2018 for an 11th NFL season. If he does so, it likely won’t be as a member of the Jets although he is under contract for another season. The Jets can save Forte’s $3 million salary in 2018 by cutting him and they are expected to move forward with Bilal Powell, promising rookie Elijah McGuire, and perhaps some help in the draft. Forte is fifth among active rushers with 9,796 career rushing yards.

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