McGuire might be lead back vs. Pats

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By DEN­NIS WASZAK Jr. Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It might be Eli­jah McGuire's turn to step in as the New York Jets' start­ing run­ning back.

Bi­lal Pow­ell sat out prac­tice Wed­nes­day with a strained calf af­ter in­jur­ing dur­ing the Jets' 17-14 win at Cleveland last Sun­day. His sta­tus for New York's game Sun­day against New Eng­land is un­cer­tain.

He started New York's last two games in place of Matt Forte, who is deal­ing with turf toe. Forte was lim­ited in prac­tice Wed­nes­day, which is an im­prove­ment from the last two weeks when he didn't par­tic­i­pate at all in team drills.

“We'll see how it goes and it would be great to have Matt,” quar­ter­back Josh McCown said. “Just to have his vet­eran pres­ence out there when you're go­ing against a team that can scheme and do things. Just to have an­other guy that has been in your sys­tem for a while and knows it, it's help­ful.”

But if nei­ther Pow­ell nor Forte can go Sun­day, McGuire would start against the Pa­tri­ots. Travaris Cadet is the only other run­ning back cur­rently on the ac­tive ros­ter. The Jets signed Ja­had Thomas to the prac­tice squad as in­sur­ance.

McGuire was drafted in the sixth round out of Louisiana-Lafayette in April. He ranks sec­ond on the Jets with 176 yards rush­ing, 64 be­hind Pow­ell. McGuire also has five catches for 55 yards.

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