Jets' Matt Forte on injured knee: 'My ligaments are intact'

ByRich Cimini ESPN logo
Monday, December 12, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- New York Jets running back Matt Forte is expected to have an MRI on Monday after injuring his right knee early in the 23-17 overtime win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

Forte called it a hyperextension, saying he "felt some clicking and popping" in his knee after the second series of the game. It swelled up and he never returned to the game.

"My ligaments are good," he said. "It's something to do with the clicking and popping that's going on in there. I don't know what it is, but my ligaments are intact."

Bilal Powell took over as the Jets' primary ballcarrier and rushed for a career-high 145 yards and two touchdowns, including a 19-yarder in overtime.

Forte has been dealing with a chronic knee issue throughout the season, but that's his left knee.

Forte, who turned 31 on Saturday, is one of the most durable players in the NFL. He has missed only eight games in nine years.

He began the day needing only 60 yards from scrimmage to reach 1,100 for the ninth straight year. Only four others have accomplished that feat -- Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin and Ricky Watters. Forte had only three carries for 8 yards before exiting Sunday.

The Jets suffered several injuries, including a season-ending injury to safety Marcus Gilchrist. He will need surgery to repair a patella tendon. Cornerback Buster Skrine went out with a concussion and tight end Brandon Bostick and tackle Brent Qvale went out with ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively.