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Powell Down, Forté, Wilkerson Up vs. Patriots

Jets Exchange Featured Backs for Their Annual Home Battle Against Their Longtime Foes


The Jets will be without RB Bilal Powell but they will regain the services of RB Matt Forte in their annual home battle with New England at MetLife Stadium this afternoon.

Additionally, DL Muhammad Wilkerson, who didn't practice due to shoulder and toe issues during the week, will be ready to go in the Green & White's annual home battle against the Patriots.

Powell strained his calf in the first half at Cleveland last week and didn't practice in the past week. But Forté, who had been sidelined by knee and toe problems the previous two weeks, will return to action and help to fire up the Jets' ground game, which will include contributions from rookie RB Elijah McGuire and possibly from recently signed Travaris Cadet.

The Jets' full inactive list for today's game:

■ QB Christian Hackenberg

■ RB Bilal Powell

■ CB Derrick Jones

■ LB Freddie Bishop

■ LB Obum Gwacham

■ OL Jonotthan Harrison

■ TE Jordan Leggett

And the Patriots' inactive list:

■ CB Stephon Gilmore

■ CB Eric Rowe

■ RB Rex Burkhead

■ LB David Harris

■ LB Harvey Langi

■ OL Cameron Fleming

■ OL Cole Croston

Head coach Todd Bowles designated four captains for the game: Forté, Wilkerson, WR Jermaine Kearse and DL Leonard Williams.

The Jets are wearing their green jerseys and white pants for this game. They are 7-4 in green and white under Bowles since 2015, including wins in their last two games in green/white, last year's finale vs. Buffalo and the first win this year over Miami.

Tony Corrente is the referee. This is Corrente's 13th Jets game as referee since 2002. His first Jets game as ref was the Green & White's 30-17 win over New England in their first game at Gillette Stadium in 2002, and he also presided at the Jets' 2002 playoff win over Indianapolis and their 2009 AFC Championship Game loss at the Colts.

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