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Matt Forte to Miss Preseason Opener

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Todd Bowles confirmed that running back Matt Forte will be out for the Jets' preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On if Forte will miss the first preseason game…

Yeah, that’s safe to say.

The good news is the back appears to be on track for the regular season opener against the Bengals.

On if Forte will be ready for Week One of the regular season…

With the injured guys, you hope they are okay. I’m not a doctor. I can’t sit there and say he’ll be okay or not okay, but right now he’s not in jeopardy of missing any time, but we’ll see as the days go by.

This doesn't seem like a big deal. Frankly, I didn't want to see Forte in preseason games. It is probably a good idea to keep a 30 year old back on a pitch count to reduce wear and tear. That goes for the regular season, but it really goes for preseason when the hits take the same toll but have no productive use.