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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Matt Forte is getting closer to returning to the New York Jets' backfield.
The 31-year-old running back has not practiced fully since injuring a hamstring during practice on July 31. Forte participated in individual drills Monday, but was held out of the team periods.
" Forte said. "So, but not good enough to be in full practice yet,"I'm feeling good, I'm just going through what the trainers tell me and easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again. Hamstrings are tricky."
remains day to day. The running back missed a chunk of time last summer when he hurt the same hamstring and came back too soon, expected to be the starter,Coach Todd Bowles said Forte, aggravating the injury and needing a few weeks to fully heal.
" he said,"It's something to learn from, "so this year I definitely have to let it heal so I don't have any setbacks."
Forte had a career-low 813 yards rushing last season, his first with the Jets, but a torn meniscus in his right knee diminished his production as the season went along., but got off to a solid start. He rushed for 261 yards in the first three games
and has found himself getting antsy while waiting to get back on the field.,Forte sat out the Jets' 7-3 preseason-opening win over Tennessee on Saturday night
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, it's real tough," Forte said of trying to stay patient. "Especially with the offense out there grinding through camp. A lot of people are like,
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, 'You're a vet,
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, I don't like to rest. I like to go out there and prepare for the season. It's just tough. I'm not used to doing that, get your time off and rest yourself.' But, but it's just something you've got to deal with."
Neither Forte nor Bilal Powell, who's also day to day with a sore neck, with Romar Morris leading the way with 20 yards on 12 carries., played against the Titans and the Jets' running attack was stifled. They finished with 56 yards rushing
"I'm out there running routes and stuff now, I can't go half-speed, but the nature of my position,
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, " Forte said. "I'm pretty close to being out there, especially with pads on, but you've got to take precautions and be careful. You could sprint one time and have it pull worse than before and that's another couple of weeks. I don't want to have that linger into the season."
In other injuries:
but Bowles said the second-year safety is seeking a second opinion.,— Bowles confirmed that safety Doug Middleton has a torn pectoral and will be out "for some time" after getting hurt against Tennessee. Middleton will likely need season-ending surgery
— Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead,
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, left practice with a foot injury. Bowles was uncertain of the severity.,
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, who's a candidate to be the primary punt returner
— Linebacker Freddie Bishop sat out practice with what Bowles said was a neck stinger.
with Mauldin appearing to punch Beachum's helmet several times while he was on the ground. Bowles and both players downplayed the melee. "It's training camp," Beachum said. "If you don't have a fight during training camp, man,
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, I don't think you're on a good team." Added Bowles: "There's one in every camp that we have. This just happens to be the one. So, officially,
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, who had 184 catches for 2,NOTES: Tempers flared during practice when LB Lorenzo Mauldin and OT Kelvin Beachum brawled,
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,training camp starts today." ... The Jets waived WR Deshon Foxx and signed WR Daniel Williams,497 yards and 19 TDs in four seasons at Jackson State.
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