Gore (lung contusion) said Tuesday that he hasn't determined whether he wants to return to the NFL for a 17th season, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports. "I still have fun playing the game of football, but I haven't made a decision yet," Gore said of his future. Before sitting out the Jets' Week 17 loss to the Patriots with a bruised lung, Gore had served as the team's primary running back throughout the season, compiling 653 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to go with 16 receptions for 89 yards. The 37-year-old has long been valued by teams as a mentor for younger players in the locker room, but his on-field productivity has been on the decline for quite some time. He's now averaged fewer than four yards per carry in five of the past six years, with his 3.5 average in 2020 representing a new career low. If Gore decides to keep his career going and finds an opportunity with a team in 2021, don't expect him to handle nearly as sizable a role as he handled with the Jets this past season.
The Jets placed Gore (lung) on injured reserve Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of USA Today reports. Gore suffered a lung contusion in last week's win over the Browns and had already been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots. Though Gore has offered no indication that he intends to retire after this season, it's fair to wonder if the 37-year-old running back's time in the NFL is over. Prior to sustaining his injury last week, Gore raised his season rushing yardage total to exactly 653, allowing him to reach 16,000 yards for his career. Only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) have more.
Gore is dealing with a lung contusion and has been ruled out for the Week 17 game against the Patriots, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. Gore left this past Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns early, but not before becoming the third player to reach 16,000 rushing yards in his career. The 37-year-old running back will miss a game for just the third time in the past 10 seasons. Gore will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and it's unclear if he'll return for his 17th NFL season.
Gore suffered a chest injury in the second half of Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. He rushed 14 times for 48 yards and caught his only target for five yards prior to sustaining the injury. Gore came in needing 48 rushing yards to become the third player to reach 16,000, and he got exactly enough to hit the milestone before exiting with his injury. If the veteran running back is unable to heal up in time for next week's season finale against the Patriots, La'Mical Perine and Ty Johnson would be in line for additional touches in New York's backfield.
Gore carried the ball 23 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams. The veteran back saw his largest workload of the season on an afternoon when the Jets led for most of the game. While the extra touches didn't turn into much yardage, Gore did punch in a one-yard score in the third quarter for his second TD of the year. Ty Johnson saw only nine touches, though he also found the end zone, and Gore still appears to be coach Adam Gase's preferred early-down and short-yardage option heading into a Week 16 home tilt against the Browns.
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