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Frank Gore

New York Jets
Running Back #23
New York Jets
Running Back #23
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Frank Gore News

Undecided on future

Gore (lung contusion) said Tuesday that he hasn't determined whether he wants to return to the NFL for a 17th season, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports. "I still have fun playing the game of football, but I haven't made a decision yet," Gore said of his future.

Analysis: Before sitting out the Jets' Week 17 loss to the Patriots with the bruised lung, Gore had served as the team's primary running back throughout the season, compiling 653 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to go with 16 receptions for 89 yards. The 37-year-old has long been valued by teams as a mentor for younger players in the locker room, but his on-field productivity has been on the decline for quite some time. He's now averaged fewer than four yards per carry in five of the past six years, with his 3.5 average in 2020 representing a new career low. If Gore decides to keep his career going and finds an opportunity with a team in 2021, don't expect him to handle nearly as sizable of a role as he handled with the Jets this past season.

Jan 5, 2021 6:58 AM EST

Moved to IR

Gore (chest) was placed on IR on Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of USA Today Sports reports.

Analysis: Gore suffered a lung contusion last week and had already been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots prior to this move. Though no indication has been given about Gore's future in the NFL, it's fair to wonder if this is the last we'll see of the 37-year-old running back. Prior to sustaining his injury last week, Gore raised his season rushing yardage total to exactly the 653 he needed to reach 16,000 career rushing yards. Only Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) have more.

Dec 30, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Out for season finale

Gore is dealing with a lung contusion and has been ruled out for the Week 17 game against the Patriots, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Gore left this past Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns early, but not before becoming the third player to reach 16,000 rushing yards in his career. The 37-year-old running back will miss a game for just the third time in the past 10 seasons. Gore will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and it's unclear if he'll return for his 17th NFL season.

Dec 28, 2020 11:14 AM EST

Injured after hitting milestone

Gore suffered a chest injury in the second half of Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. He rushed 14 times for 48 yards and caught his only target for five yards prior to sustaining the injury.

Analysis: Gore came in needing 48 rushing yards to become the third player to reach 16,000, and he got exactly enough to hit the milestone before exiting with his injury. If the veteran running back is unable to heal up in time for next week's season finale against the Patriots, La'Mical Perine and Ty Johnson would be in line for additional touches in New York's backfield.

Dec 27, 2020 1:42 PM EST

Finds end zone in upset win

Gore carried the ball 23 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams.

Analysis: The veteran back saw his biggest workload of the season on an afternoon when the Jets actually led for most of the game, and while the extra touches didn't turn into much yardage, Gore did punch in a one-yard score in the third quarter for his second TD of the year. Ty Johnson saw only nine touches, although he also found the end zone, and Gore still appears to be coach Adam Gase's preferred early-down and short-yardage option heading into a Week 16 home tilt against the Browns.

Dec 20, 2020 6:18 PM EST

Held in check Sunday

Gore carried the ball eight times for 23 yards and caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The veteran's 31 scrimmage yards actually led the Jets backfield, although Josh Adams (eight touches for 30 scrimmage yards) and Ty Johnson (eight carries for 16 rushing yards) saw comparable workloads. Gore is likely headed for another poor performance in Week 15's road clash with the Rams, especially if he remains stuck in a committee.

Dec 13, 2020 6:49 PM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Gore (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Gore is available Sunday and in line to face a Seattle defense that overall this season has been better at stopping the run than the pass. Additionally, in a game where the Seahawks are heavily favored, the veteran back could lose some touches to Ty Johnson, who logged 104 rushing yards and a TD on 22 carries after taking over for Gore in last Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Dec 13, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Optimism regarding Week 14 status

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that "there is optimism" that Gore (concussion) will play Sunday against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that Gore's availability for the contest depends on the running back clearing a final hurdle in the concussion protocol Sunday morning. Either way, Gore's Week 14 status will be confirmed once the Jets' inactives are posted in advance of the team's 4:05 ET kickoff. If Gore ultimately ends up out or limited at all, Ty Johnson would be in line for added backfield touches versus Seattle.

Dec 13, 2020 4:56 AM EST

Questionable despite full practice

Gore (concussion/not injury-related) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after practicing fully Friday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Ty Johnson filled in admirably after Gore got hurt early in last week's loss to the Raiders, topping 100 yards with a touchdown. Those who picked up Johnson in hopes of a repeat performance in a leading role may instead end up with part of a timeshare with Gore, who practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday's for reasons that apparently weren't related to the concussion.

Dec 11, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Sits out practice Thursday

Gore was a non-participant at practice Thursday due to a listed combination of concussion/not injury-related, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Gore practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and the non-injury designation attached to Thursday's DNP suggests that the veteran running back's absence was maintenance-related, rather than indicative of a concussion setback. A return to the field Friday, in any capacity, would confirm that notion. Per Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record, coach Adam Gase previously noted that he thinks there's a good chance Gore can play Sunday against Seattle. If not, however, Ty Johnson would be in line for added opportunities in Week 14.

Dec 10, 2020 1:59 PM EST

Won't practice Thursday

Gore (concussion) won't practice Thursday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gore logged a limited practice Wednesday, but the running back's downgrade in participation Thursday isn't necessarily indicative of a setback, given that lately he's been receiving routine rest days on Thursday. How he's listed on the Jets' upcoming injury report should add some context to Gore's latest absence.

Dec 10, 2020 8:25 AM EST

In line for limited practice

Gore (concussion) is slated to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: While Gore is still in the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage, coach Adam Gase thinks that there's a good chance the veteran running back can play Sunday against the Seahawks. If Gore does end up suiting up this weekend, it wouldn't surprise us if he lost backfield touches to Ty Johnson, who carried 22 times for 104 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 13 yards in relief of Gore in the Jets' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

Dec 9, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Gore won't return to Sunday's game against the Raiders after sustaining a concussion.

Analysis: With Gore now sidelined after just one carry for two yards Sunday, Ty Johnson and Josh Adams will be called upon to handle the team's Week 13 rushing duties.

Dec 6, 2020 11:53 AM EST

Being examined for concussion

Gore is under evaluation for a concussion during Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Gore was described as "wobbly" at the end of a nine-yard run on the second play of the game, per Rich Cimini of After visits to the sideline tent and locker room, Gore may soon enter the concussion protocol, which would force him from the contest for good. In Gore's stead, Ty Johnson was the first running back to replace him.

Dec 6, 2020 10:27 AM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Gore (undisclosed) went to the locker during Sunday's game against the Raiders, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: On the second play of the game, Gore was shaken up following a hard hit from the Raiders' Damon Arnette on a nine-yard run. Gore visited the sideline tent before heading indoors. The nature of the injury is unknown, but Ty Johnson took over RB after Gore's departure.

Dec 6, 2020 10:17 AM EST

Gets 21 touches in latest loss

Gore rushed 18 times for 74 yards and caught all three of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Gore returned to lead back duties with La'Mical Perine (ankle) out, but the entire Jets offense struggled to get going, and Gore didn't help by getting stuffed on a pivotal 4th-and-1 run deep in Dolphins territory with the Jets trailing 13-3 in the third quarter. With Perine on IR, Gore should maintain a high volume floor in Week 13 against a Raiders defense that has struggled to defend the run, but expectations should be tempered for the 37-year-old running back, who has found the end zone just once all season despite his prominent role in the league-worst Jets offense.

Nov 29, 2020 3:31 PM EST

Part of RB rotation

Coach Adam Gase said Friday that the Jets will have a running back rotation of Gore, Ty Johnson and Josh Adams on Sunday against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Gore has received double-digit carries eight times in 10 contests this season en route to averaging 13.3 touches and 50.5 yards from scrimmage per game. He's likely in line for a similar workload with La'Mical Perine (ankle) on injured reserve for at least the next three games, but Gase is poised to use Johnson and Adams out of the backfield as well. However, the duo has just 16 combined touches in 2020, so Gore should remain the lead back.

Nov 27, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Large workload looming?

Gore appears set to serve as the Jets' de facto No. 1 running back following the placement of La'Mical Perine (ankle) on injured reserve, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Gore had been splitting time roughly evenly with Perine prior to the rookie's injury, and the veteran could realistically now find himself in position to handle 15-plus weekly touches. Such a role wouldn't even be too far off Gore's usual gig with the Jets, as he's handled double-digit touches in nine of 10 appearances this season. Ty Johnson is a candidate to complement Gore in a change-of-pace role, while Josh Adams has been signed to the active roster as added depth.

Nov 25, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Ends touchdown drought

Gore carried 15 times for 61 yards and a touchdown while catching both his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Gore led the team in carries by seven and averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per tote against a solid defensive unit. He scored a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter to end a touchdown drought that dated back to Week 3 of last season. The veteran now has double-digit carries in seven of his last eight games, but his fantasy value has been marginal due to weak yardage output and the aforementioned lack of touchdowns. With that said, Gore will look to build on this relatively production effort next Sunday against a beatable Dolphins run defense.

Nov 22, 2020 6:11 PM EST

Garners 14 touches

Gore rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards in Monday night's 30-27 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Gore's touch tally trumped fellow tailback La'Mical Perine's eight, as did his yardage total compared to the rookie's 38 combined. Nonetheless, it was another solid but unspectacular outing for the veteran, who still hasn't scored this season. The 37-year-old will now embark on a welcomed bye week before turning his attention to a matchup against the Chargers in Week 11.

Nov 9, 2020 8:53 PM EST

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