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ICYMI: Bowles Rules Matt Forté Out for Sunday

Posted Sep 29, 2017

Jets Try to Reach .500, Organization Set to Add Another Member to Ring of Honor


The Jets will close out their two-game homestand against the Jaguars this weekend as they try to even up their record at 2-2. The players will wear white facemasks for Sunday’s whiteout and they’ll mirror an all-white ensemble they sported in a 37-31 Week 2 win over the Bills last season. Additionally, former Jets center Kevin Mawae will be the 18th person inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Injury Report
Entering the quarter mark of the regular season, head coach Todd Bowles said this is the time of year when players get nicks and bruises. Running back Matt Forté is battling turf toe, which he suffered on a goal-line run against the Dolphins, and will not play Sunday. The Jets signed former Saints RB Travaris Cadet earlier in the week as an insurance policy, a veteran who is a receiving threat and has experience returning kicks. He’s taken some return reps in practice this week along with rookie wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, who was the Jets returner against the Dolphins.


Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain, an injury that will most likely linger throughout the season. Wilkerson told reporters he’ll be fine, but is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Starting right guard Brian Winters fully participated in practices Thursday and Friday after he missed Week 3 action with an abdomen injury he suffered against the Raiders in Week 2. However, starting right tackle Brandon Shell has been dealing with a bruised shoulder and is listed as doubtful. If Shell doesn’t play against the Jaguars, Bowles said either Ben Ijalana or Brent Qvale will start.

OLB Josh Martin is doubtful with an ankle sprain, which means David Bass or Dylan Donahue could get more playing time.



Big ‘Backs Present Tough Test
The Jaguars come to MetLife Stadium riding high following their 44-7 win over the Ravens in London. Jacksonville’s strength is its pass defense as it ranks No. 1 in the NFL. Conversely, the Jags feature a ground-heavy offense that ranks No. 5 in league, led by rookie RB Leonard Fournette and former Jets ‘back Chris Ivory. Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams and Fournette, who were teammates at LSU from 2014-2016, will swap jerseys following the battle of the Bayou Bengals.

Look for the Jets to echo the same defensive formula as last week — stop the run and make the quarterback beat you through the air. The Green & White held Miami to 30 yards on the ground in their 20-6 victory and Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler only threw for 225 yards, 76 of which came on their final possession. Jags QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns last week, but he has completed just 59% of his passes this season and is without top receiving option Allen Robinson, who tore his ACL in Week 1. 



Three-Headed Monster
The Jets employed a three-safety look against Miami and Terrence Brooks, who has been with the Green & White for less than a month, recorded two picks and was later named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Brooks has been key on both defense and special teams as he played 49% of defensive snaps and 79% of the plays on teams.