Jets' Gore out for Week 17 with future uncertain

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Frank Gore‘s 16th NFL season is over, one week prematurely. His legendary career could be over, too.

The 37-year-old running back suffered a lung contusion on Sunday and won’t be available for the New York Jets‘ season finale against the New England Patriots, according to coach Adam Gase.

If Gore doesn’t play again, he will end his career with exactly 16,000 rushing yards. He gained four yards on his final carry in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ 23-16 upset of the Cleveland Browns, joining Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton as the only players in NFL history to reach the 16,000-yard plateau.

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Gore has played in 241 games, a record for running backs. His durability is remarkable; this will be only his third missed game in the past 10 years — not bad for someone who had two major knee surgeries in college.

Gore hasn’t indicated if he wants to play in 2021, saying recently, “You just never know. I’ve got to be real with myself, how teams think about my age. They might not want a 38-year-old running back on the team.”

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