Jets’ Forte Has Torn Meniscus, Hopes To Play Saturday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jets running back Matt Forte says an MRI has revealed he has a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he hopes to play Saturday night against the Dolphins.

Forte suspects he has played with the issue all season and that he aggravated it in Sunday’s win at San Francisco. Coach Todd Bowles said Forte will be a game-time decision.

“It hadn’t been bothering me, so what I think happened Sunday is I re-aggravated it and it swelled up on me and all that stuff,” Forte told ESPN on Wednesday. “I’ve been working with them in the trainer’s room. The swelling is going down, so it feels a lot better.”

The two-time Pro Bowl running back has not practiced this week.

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Forte said he anticipates he will need surgery on the knee at some point but he’s hoping to avoid doing it this offseason.

Forte leads the Jets with 792 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He also has caught 29 passes for 256 yards and another score.

If Forte cannot play Saturday, the Jets would turn to Bilal Powell, who rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers last week.

Linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) and Mike Catapano (knee), tight end Brandon Bostick (ankle), defensive tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring), cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion), offensive tackle Brent Qvale (hamstring) and running back Khiry Robinson (lower leg) sat out practice Wednesday.

Wide receivers Brandon Marshall (knee, foot, back), Quincy Enunwa (ribs) and Jalin Marshall (concussion) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) were limited.

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