FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets’ running back situation was cleared up slightly on Thursday when starter Matt Forte was a limited participant in practice. Forte, who missed the last two games with a turf toe injury, indicated that he’s feeling better.
Forte stopped himself of saying he will play in Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but said he wants to.
“I just go full speed like I know how and if I feel good, I’ll take it from there,” he said.
Backup Bilal Powell missed his second consecutive day of practice with a strained calf. Coach Todd Bowles is uncertain about Powell and Forte’s playing status for Sunday. At this stage, it appears Forte will be ready to return to the lineup.
Wilkerson misses practice
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson missed practice on Thursday with toe and shoulder issues. Bowles wasn’t sure if his starting end would play against the Pats if he doesn’t practice on Friday. Bowles, as his custom, was cryptic regarding possible toe surgery for Wilkerson.
“I don’t know yet, it’s too early,” Bowles said.
Wilkerson walked through the Jets locker room with no apparent limp but that doesn’t mean he’s not playing hurt.
The joke was that Pats coach Bill Belichick cut the power at the Jets’ training facility on Thursday morning. There were sections of the complex without power for a couple of hours. It didn’t affect the Jets’ practice because the team has backup generators. The Jets practiced outside on a cool, cloudy day. Power was fully restored to the complex by the end of Thursday afternoon.
Former Jets and Giants TE Will Tye (Stony Brook) worked out for the Patriots on Wednesday and was signed to the practice squad on Thursday . . . DE Kony Ealy (shoulder) was limited in practice . . . LB David Bass (ankle, knee), T Kelvin Beachum (knee), CB Juston Burris (foot), G James Carpenter (shoulder), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), LB Josh Martin (ankle), QB Josh McCown (shoulder), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), CB Darryl Roberts (hamstring), T Brandon Shell (shoulder), DE Leonard Williams (wrist), G Brian Winters (abdomen) were full participants in practice.