Gore will have surgery on a broken finger on his left hand next week, ESPN.com reports. Gore's finger injury contributed toward him losing three fumbles this season, when he finished with 967 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns. Now that Gore has time to have his ailment repaired, the veteran will begin his 11th offseason with finger surgery next week.
Gore rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries, but failed to corral any of his four targets in Sunday's 30-24 victory over the Titans. Gore came up 33 yards short of his ninth 1000-yard rushing campaign in the last 10 years, as the 32-year-old struggled to live up to lofty expectations during his first season with the Colts. His 3.7 yards per carry in 2015 marked a career low, with a long-term injury to starting quarterback Andrew Luck allowing defenses to focus on Gore for much of the season.
Gore rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Sunday's win over Miami and tacked on another 10 yards receiving off of two catches. Gore entered Sunday having not scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, but reversed fortunes quickly on Sunday - scoring on the Colts' second possession and finding the end zone again shortly before halftime. Gore became increasingly involved in the offense once Matt Hasselbeck left with a shoulder injury, 11 of his 17 touches coming after Hasselbeck left late in the second quarter. With the Colts in must-win mode and in position to trot out either a dinged up Hasselbeck or Andrew Luck or mediocre Charlie Whitehurst in Week 17, expect Gore to be leaned on heavily.
Gore rushed 16 times for 44 yards during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Texans. Gore has now gone seven consecutive games without averaging even four yards per carry, and he has just one rushing touchdown in the last nine (he does have a receiving score in that span). On the plus side, next on the schedule is a Week 16 trip to Miami to face a Dolphins defense allowing the third-most rushing yards per game this season.
Gore rushed 16 times for 60 yards and caught one of five targets for minus-1 yard Sunday against the Jaguars. The Colts led 13-9 at halftime and it looked like Gore could be heavily used in the second half as the Colts tried to eat clock, but they were absolutely dominated in the last two quarters, getting outscored 42-3. Gore has now gone four straight games without a rushing touchdown (he did catch one last week), and he hasn't hit the 100-yard mark in any game this season. Up next is a Week 15 home game against the Texans, who he had a season-high 98 yards and a touchdown against in Week 5.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||29||21.50|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
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