Forte (knee) announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday in a statement released to SportsSpectrum.com.
Though he indicated earlier this month that he intended to play in 2018, Forte has apparently reconsidered his future in football and will call an end to a productive 10-year career. Forte's decision to step away from the NFL frees up $3 million in salary-cap space for the Jets during the upcoming season, while also sparing the organization of having to cut him ahead of the start of the new league year. The 32-year-old saw his effectiveness wane in his two seasons in New York while battling knee issues, but has generally been one of the NFL's top three-down backs since entering the league as a second-round pick of the Bears in 2008. Forte, a two-time Pro Bowl honoree, retires with career marks of 9,746 rushing yards, 554 receptions, 4,672 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns over 146 regular-season contests.
Forte (knee) said Friday that he's hopeful to continue his playing career in 2018, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.
If Forte is serious about keeping his career alive, he'll likely have to find a new home, as the Jets are expected to cut the 32-year-old during the offseason. Though he's still an effective pass catcher, Forte has been limited by chronic knee problems during his past two seasons in New York that have limited him to 3.7 yards per carry both in 2016 and 2017. As a result, it's unlikely that any team that picks Forte up this offseason would earmark the veteran for much more than a third-down role.
Forte (knee) is likely to be cut this offseason, NorthJersey.com reports.
Forte battled a number of injuries this season, and with Bilal Powell and Eliajah McGuire handling the workload in his absence, there appears little reason for the Jets to bring back the 32-year-old. Forte played only 13 games this year, rushing 103 times for 381 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 receptions on 45 targets for 293 receiving yards and another score. He's still a usable running back when healthy, but his days of handling a full complement of touches seem over.
The Jets placed Forte (knee) on injured reserve Saturday.
Forte will finish his season with a career-low 381 yards rushing and just two touchdowns. He also provided 293 yards and one touchdown through the air on 37 receptions. The 32-year-old running back will now set his sights on the 2018 season, assuming he wants to return.. In his absence, Bilal Powell and Elija McGuire figure to see the majority of the work in the Jets' backfield.
Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots.
Per Darrlyl Slater of NJ.com, Forte relayed Thursday that he's spent much of the season "playing on one leg" while battling with swelling in his right knee. Assuming Forte toughs it out in Sunday's 1:00 ET contest, he'd be in line to work in a time-share with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, an arrangement that hasn't yielded robust production from Forte over his last three outings. He therefore profiles as a Week 17 fantasy dart, given his reduced volume of late.
Forte, who sat out Thursday's practice, said he feels like he's spent most of the season "playing on one leg" due to swelling in his right knee, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
In recognition of the pain Forte continues to experience with the knee, the Jets have routinely given him days off practice throughout the season in an attempt to keep him fresh for game days. While he's been able to suit up for 12 of the Jets' 15 games -- including each of the last four -- Forte has seen his effectiveness wane as he's played through the injury and been stuck in a timeshare with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. Forte stated that he won't require surgery on the knee and plans to return to the Jets in 2018 to honor the final year of his contract, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he was limited or held out entirely of the Week 17 contest against the Patriots.
Forte (knee) isn't participating in practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Absences from practice have been par for the course for Forte throughout the second half of the season while he has managed an injury to his right knee. Considering he has suited up for the Jets' last five games and wasn't reported to have experienced any setbacks in the Week 16 loss to the Chargers, it's likely that Forte will be able to play if needed Sunday against the Patriots. However, given that the 5-10 Jets have little on the line in the season finale, it wouldn't be surprising if Forte was rested for the contest in order to afford more touches to the three younger backs on the roster (Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire and Akeem Judd).
Forte (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Connor Hughes of NJ.com reports.
Forte has been playing through the same injury for much of the season, suiting up for the past five games despite missing the majority of the team's practices. However, the Jets might consider resting the veteran in Week 17 to get a better look at sixth-round rookie Elijah McGuire in conjunction with Bilal Powell.
Forte (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
As was the case last week, Forte didn't practice in any capacity, but ultimately gained clearance for game day. It's evident that the knee issue is still a concern for the veteran, and that injury along with the presence of Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire (illness) should continue to result in head coach Todd Bowles taking a committee approach to the backfield over the final two games of the season. Forte is averaging a meager 46.2 yards and has scored once over his last four appearances, making it difficult to justify starting him in most fantasy lineups.
Forte (knee), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Forte's practice time has been limited the past several weeks while he's battled the knee issue, but he's suited up for each of the Jets' last four contests. The veteran should take the field again Sunday, but with Schefter adding that fellow backfield mate Elijah McGuire (illness) is on track to play, the Jets are likely to deploy a committee at running back once again. Those two, along with Bilal Powell, should split the carries in fairly equitable fashion, capping the fantasy upside of all in Week 16.
Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
As is Elijah McGuire (illness), but if both are able to suit up Sunday, they'd be part of a three-back committee that also includes Bilal Powell. Such an arrangement caps Forte's fantasy upside in Week 16, though if he does play, the veteran RB could see enough touches in a Bryce Petty-helmed offense to merit a look in deeper formats.
Forte (knee) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Forte sat out all three of the Jets' practices in Week 15 before eventually suiting up for the team's 31-19 loss to the Saints, so his back-to-back absences to begin Week 16 preparations doesn't necessarily mean his status for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers is in peril. With the inexperienced Bryce Petty set to make his second start at quarterback, the Jets are expected to lean heavily on the running game in Week 16 if the game flow allows for it, but that won't be enough to make Forte a reliable fantasy play while he continues to share work with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.
Forte (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Though he hasn't logged much practice work in recent weeks, Forte managed to suit up for each of the Jets' last four games, gaining 121 yards on 38 carries and 64 yards on seven receptions in that stretch. His status nonetheless needs to be monitored leading up to Sunday's game against the Chargers, considering there isn't much incentive to have the 33-year-old push through a lingering injury. The Jets might even decide to hold Forte out, which would allow them to take a better look at rookie sixth-round pick Elijah McGuire as the season approaches its conclusion.
Forte rushed seven times for 24 yards and hauled in two of five pass attempts for 10 additional yards in Sunday's 31-19 loss in New Orleans.
His long rush of the day went for 11 yards, and his five targets were good for second on the team along with Jermaine Kearse. While the 32-year-old wasn't able to connect with Bryce Petty as much as hoped, the target share was still promising heading into a Week 16 matchup with the Chargers. Nevertheless, as part of a three-back rotation, Forte remains little more than a dart throw as most fantasy leagues enter the championship round.
Forte (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Forte was held out of practice throughout the week due to the knee injury, which has slowed him since the beginning of November. It appears skipping the practices afforded Forte some much-needed maintenance, however, as the Jets will clear him to play his fourth consecutive game. Though the unproven Bryce Petty's entry into the starting role could result in the Jets relying on a run-centric attack that also included more low-risk throws to the team's cadre of tailbacks, Forte's place in a backfield committee that also includes Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire will continue to limit his fantasy upside. Forte hasn't logged more than 40 snaps in any of his past six appearances, limiting him to no more than 96 scrimmage yards in any contest.
Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
Forte's situation is worth monitoring closely as Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff approaches. If he's able to suit up Sunday, he would be in line to share snaps out of the Jets backfield with Bilal Powell. In the event that Forte is scratched, Powell would be in line to see added work in Week 15, thus boosting his fantasy upside. With Bryce Petty now at quarterback in the wake of Josh McCown's season-ending hand injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com relays that one "distinct tendency" displayed by Petty last season was that "he threw a lot of checkdowns" to Powell, suggesting Forte's role on passing downs could become more limited.
Forte (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Forte could get back on the practice field in some capacity Friday, but regardless of what he's able to do that day, it's expected that he'll carry a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Saints. The Jets may not decide on Forte's fate until after evaluating him during pregame warmups, making him a shaky fantasy option in Week 15. Even if Forte suits up, he'll have to share snaps out of the backfield with Bilal Powell, thereby limiting his upside.
Forte (knee) wasn't present for practice Wednesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
With no reported setbacks during the Jets' loss to the Broncos in Week 14, Forte -- who logged 26 snaps in the contest -- should return to practice Thursday, as he did the past two weeks after sitting out Wednesday's session. The larger issue for those considering Forte in Week 15 lineups is that he's in a timeshare with Bilal Powell, which limited Forte to six carries for 13 yards and two catches for 21 yards against Denver. If both players are able to suit up Sunday against the Saints, neither will offer much fantasy upside.
Forte rushed eight times for 13 yards and caught two of three pass attempts for 21 yards in Sunday's 23-0 defeat in Denver.
The eight touches were his fewest since Week 3, and he didn't do much with them thanks to a stifling Denver defense. Even so, it continued an up-and-down pattern of between eight and 15 touches in alternating games over the last four weeks, making it difficult to trust the 32-year-old in the middle of the fantasy playoffs. The schedule doesn't help his case, either, as the Jets travel to New Orleans in Week 15.
Forte (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Forte, who was held out of Friday's practice, is out there if you need him Sunday. However, given that he's in line to share work in the Jets' Week 14 backfield with Bilal Powell -- as well as Elijah McGuire to a lesser degree -- Forte is a speculative play, especially considering that he's also been managing a knee issue.
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