RB Matt Forte will be back in action for the Jets at this afternoon's game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.
Forté had sat out three games this season due to injury, most recently Game 10 at Tampa Bay with a lingering knee injury. He didn't practice the first two days this past week but was limited at Friday's practice, after which head coach Todd Bowles said "it was encouraging" that Forté was able to work but that his availability would "be a game-time decision."
Forté recently cleared 14,000 career yards from scrimmage, and a touchdown today would make him the NFL's eighth active player and fifth active RB to reach 75 career TDs.
It's all-hands-on-deck time as the Jets, on the outside of the AFC playoff picture at 4-6, try to get a foot in the door with a big win over 7-3 Carolina. DL Muhammad Wilkerson (foot) and G Brian Winters (abdomen) were both also limited Friday and listed as questionable for the game but, like Forté, both are ready to roll vs. the Panthers.
This is the Jets' seven-player inactive list for this game:
■ QB Christian Hackenberg
■ CB Robert Nelson
■ CB Derrick Jones
■ LB Freddie Bishop
■ LB Obum Gwacham
■ T Ben Ijalana
■ OL Jonotthan Harrison
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Bowles' captains for this game are QB Josh McCown, G James Carpenter, LB Demario Davis, DL Steve McLendon and K Chandler Catanzaro.
The Jets are wearing their green jerseys and green pants for the Panthers. Not counting the Kelly green Thursday night uniforms they wore twice vs. Buffalo, the Jets have been in green/green under Bowles only twice before, both victories: by 24-16 over the Ravens in 2016 and by 17-14 at Cleveland this season. Green/green has been a winning combination in the last decade, with the Jets posting a 9-3 record in that combo since 2008.
Carl Cheffers is today's referee. This will be Cheffers' seventh Jets game as ref since 2008. His first game as ref was the 34-13 win over the 10-0 Titans in Nashville, His most recent was last year's 27-17 loss to the Seahawks at MetLife.