Matt Forte
RB FA
Sat 8/12/17 6:32 PM

Forte (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans.
EDGE Analysis
Though Forte will sit out, as expected, the tailback has been ramping up his activity level in practice and could be back in play for the Jets' second preseason game Aug. 19 against the Lions. With Bilal Powell (neck) also out of commission Saturday, Elijah McGuire is expected to head the backfield, with Romar Morris, Jordan Todman and Marcus Murphy in reserve.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Thu 8/10/17 6:09 PM

Forte (hamstring) is doubtful to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
EDGE Analysis
It's extremely unlikely the Jets put their 31-year-old RB with a balky hamstring at risk during a meaningless exhibition game, so he's essentially all but ruled out. On the bright side, Forte participated in individual drills Thursday, according to Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger, so it shouldn't be much longer until he's practicing in full.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Mon 8/7/17 8:18 PM

Forte (hamstring) worked off to the side with the Jets' strength staff during practice Monday, according to the team's official website.
EDGE Analysis
Bilal Powell (neck) was also unable to practice, though the issues aren't expected to hamper the two running backs for much longer. With the news that Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire season because of a bulging disk in his neck, the Jets' will likely lean even more on Forte and Powell on offense.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Thu 8/3/17 2:33 PM

Forte (hamstring) will miss his second consecutive practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte's hamstring injury isn't believed to be anything serious, but the Jets will continue to play it safe with their 31-year-old projected starter at running back. His absence does allow for Bilal Powell to see additional reps with the first team, however, which could result in more of a shared backfield than originally expected come Week 1.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Tue 8/1/17 4:45 PM3 Comments

Forte is dealing with a hamstring issue, Rich Cimini of ESPN.comreports.
EDGE Analysis
It's too early to panic, but this marks the second year in a row that the veteran back has dealt with an early-camp hamstring injury. In advance of training camp, Forte was viewed by Cimini as the Jets' projected starter, but perhaps a more realistic expectation is that the 31-year-old Forte and Bilal Powell (who finished strong last season) will share the bulk of the team's rushing workload out of the gate, with Elijah McGuire in reserve.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Tue 8/1/17 2:21 PM

Forte (hamstring) did not suit up in pads for Tuesday's practice as he spent time in the rehab area, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte, who tweaked his hamstring during Monday's practice, did not participate in team drills once again on Tuesday. The Jets plan to deploy the 31-year-old as their workhorse back to start the season, so they'll likely continue to proceed with caution as they keep his health in check. Bilal Powell is next in line for reps with the first team during Forte's rehab process.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Mon 7/31/17 5:01 PM

Forte tweaked his hamstring during Monday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte's hamstring problem prevented him from participating in team drills, and it wouldn't be surprising if it keeps the veteran out some going forward. Coming off arthroscopic knee surgery back in January, the 31-year-old Forte is no longer as spry as he once was, which contributed toward a career-low 813 rushing yards last season. Although that mark is still fairly impressive, Forte seemingly entered camp in need of fending off Bilal Powell for his starting role, making Monday's injury a bit more frustrating.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Fri 6/23/17 4:47 PM

Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while there have been plenty of expectations that Powell could win the starting job, NJ.com is obviously not buying it. Nevertheless, Forte's upside will certainly be capped due to Powell's presence, as well as that of rookie Elijah McGuire, who figures to get more work as the season unfolds.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Wed 5/24/17 11:22 AM

New offensive coordinator John Morton expects to deploy Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell in a committee, NJ.com's Daryl Slater reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte said he has no problem splitting snaps, but he hopes Morton will go with a hot-hand approach, rather than using him and Powell in specific roles. Forte opened last season getting a heavy workload on the ground under former OC Chan Gailey, with Powell handling most of the passing-down work and then taking on more carries as the season progressed. As one of the most prolific pass-catching backs in league history, Forte hopes to rotate by series rather than by downs. He may ultimately find himself taking a backseat to Powell in all regards, as the 28-year-old averaged 5.5 yards per carry (on 131 attempts) and caught 58 passes last season, while Forte ran for just 3.7 yards per carry (218 attempts) and had 30 receptions. Forte did produce 6.1 yards per target compared to Powell's 5.2, perhaps lending some credence to the veteran's belief that he should be more involved in the passing game. Forte played part of last season with a torn meniscus and had surgery in early January, but there's been no suggestion the knee is still an issue. He should be ready to compete with Powell for carries and targets.

Matt Forte
RB FA
Mon 1/2/17 1:39 PM

According to head coach Todd Bowles, Forte (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his torn meniscus Friday, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.
EDGE Analysis
Forte missed the final two games of the season due to the injury, as he ended his first season in New York with 813 yards and seven touchdowns on 218 rushing attempts to go along with 30 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown. The veteran back is under contract through the 2018 season, but is coming off the worst season of his career, so the Jets may look to pursue alternative options next season.