FLORHAM PARK, NJ - As Jets head coach Todd Bowles had his season ending presser today, one thing he revealed is that RB Matt Forte had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last Friday.
"Matt got scoped on Friday, so, he should be fine going forward from there." said Bowles. "It wasn’t bothering him early. He had it when he was in Chicago. It was something that he had. It started lingering. You can play with those things or it can become real painful."
The coach expects Forte to be ready for OTA's in the spring.
Forte, who revealed a few weeks ago that he had been playing with a torn right meniscus all season, said it wasn't painful enough to keep him out of the lineup. He aggravated it against the 49ers a few weeks ago and also had a shoulder stinger that was causing him pain. The Jets placed him on injured reserve on Friday when they learned he couldn't go this week.
Next season, look for a lot more Bilal Powell who played brilliantly in Forte's absence ending the season with 722 yards, a 5.7 yard average per carry and 2 TD's. Don't be surprised if the Jets also draft a RB in one of the early rounds of this year's draft to get more youth at the position. Some experts have mentioned that the team may be eyeing Florida State RB Dalvin Cook who just declared he was foregoing his senior season for the NFL draft.