Matt Forte’s Knee Problems Could Lead to a Multi-Week Absence

November 14, 2017 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Matt Forte’s 2016 season ended early when he underwent knee surgery in late December. Forte was battling a torn meniscus as well as a nerve issue in his shoulder. The knee injury was a problem for most of the season, and ultimately he needed surgery to correct it. The 31-year-old did not need surgery on his shoulder, but his injury concerns started early and have hit him hard throughout the 2017 season.

The Optimal Recovery Time for Forte following arthroscopic knee surgery was around 6-8 weeks, but because of his history of knee problems as well as other injuries, he entered the preseason a High Injury Risk. He was hit with a hamstring strain early in August that sidelined him for part of the preseason. Then he battled a turf toe injury that started in week 3. Forte also previously battled turf toe during his rookie year in 2008. This time it wasn’t as severe, but he still missed two games.

Now Forte’s surgically-repaired knee is acting up again. Forte said he has been dealing with swelling and soreness for much of the season, and now it is getting “significantly worse.” He missed week 10 and could need multiple weeks to recover. The Optimal Recovery Time is at least four weeks, so he won’t be as effective if he returns within a month.

For now it’s Bilal Powell time in New York. He is a borderline RB1 with Forte sidelined. When a player has chronic knee problems like Forte, it takes weeks, sometimes months, to get it under control when it flares up again. Powell is the guy to own right now. He didn’t consistently perform when Forte was previously sidelined, but he has enough upside to lead the Jets’ ground attack.

The Jets sit at 4-6 entering their bye week. This allows Forte one more week to rest, but it won’t be enough time for him to surpass all of these injury concerns.

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