Matt Forte out against Buccaneers

Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets will again be without one of the most dynamic offensive players on their roster. Veteran running back Matt Forte has already been listed as inactive for his team’s upcoming matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Star defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is another notable name on New York’s injury report while he is currently questionable.

Forte hasn’t practiced at all since rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries during the Jets’ 34-21 win over the rival Buffalo Bills last week. His surgically repaired right knee flared up before Wednesday’s practice, causing him to miss every session thereafter. The two-time Pro Bowler went under the knife to repair a torn left meniscus in early January after being placed on injured reserve.

This news is the latest disappointment of what’s been a frustrating tenure for Forte in New York. Signed to a three-year, $12 million contract in March 2016, Forte has barely flashed the form with the Jets that made him one of the NFL’s most dangerous runners over eight years with the Chicago Bears. A toe injury caused him to miss two games earlier this season, absences that paved the way for backup Bilal Powell to emerge as New York’s featured back. Despite rushing for 163 yards in an overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 1, though, Powell has yet to play consistently well enough for head coach Todd Bowles to give him the keys to the Jets’ running game.

The 4-5 Jets are now just two games back of the aforementioned Bills for the AFC’s final wild card spot.

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