Running back Matt Forte has returned to practice and could be ready for the Jets’ preseason game Saturday against the Giants Saturday.
Forte had been sidelined for three weeks with a strained hamstring. While the team is hesitant to put his name on the roster for Saturday’s game, Forte expects to play.
“That’s my goal,” Forte told reporters, via ESPN. “I don’t know what the coaches’ plan is, but that’s my plan.”
Forte said there is “no doubt” he will be ready for the Jets’ season opener against the Bills, which is one of the few positive things to come out of the Jets’ camp this summer.
New York jettisoned many of its starters during the offseason with trades and releases, leaving a very young and inexperienced offense as the regular season gears up. With not a lot of depth or veteran leadership, they need Forte on the field and in the locker room.
The report comes almost a year to the day, Aug. 14, 2016, that Kaepernick first sat during a pre-game national anthem to protest what many perceive as racial inequality and injustice in the U.S. And it comes during a month in which other NFL players and athletes have voiced their support for Kaepernick and adopted his cause as their own.
Kaepernick is currently a free agent after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at last season’s end. His political activism is cited as a reason the 29-year-old quarterback hasn’t found another job in the league.