Jets running back Frank Gore will miss the team’s season finale against New England on Sunday after suffering a lung contusion in the team’s Week 16 victory over the Browns.
Gore finished Sunday’s game with exactly 16,000 yards. That very well could be where his career ends. Only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton have run for more yards.
Gore is universally respected across the league and has had a legendary career. Unfortunately he has been miscast in the Jets offense by his coach. It isn’t his fault he has been used as offensive centerpiece instead of the elder statesman/locker room leader role that better suits him at this stage of his career. The Jets have made a habit of picking up great players too late in their careers. It is unfortunate such a great career has to end on such a bad football team.
In his place younger runners like La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams should get an opportunity to show what they can do in the season finale.