FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - A week away from football did some good for the Jets, who will have a healthy cornerback Morris Claiborne on Sunday, and they might even get running back Matt Forte back, too.
Claiborne, who has been hampered by a foot injury, was a full participant in practice on Friday, and wasn't even listed on the final injury report of the week. He had suffered the injury back on Oct. 29 against the Falcons, and missed the next game against the Buffalo Bills on a short week. He did play in the Jets' 15-10 loss in Tampa two weeks ago, but he was clearly limited by his foot.
"I'm feeling a lot better," Claiborne said. "I didn't feel like I could perform at a high level (against the Bucs) but it's much better now."
Forte, meanwhile, did not play against the Bucs after his knee swelled up following his 14-carry, 77-yard performance against the Bills on Nov. 2. Jets coach Todd Bowles said it was "encouraging" that Forte was even able to practice on a limited basis on Friday, but that he would still be "a game-time decision."
Forte is one of three players officially listed as "questionable" for the Jets game against the Carolina Panthers. The others are guard Brian Winters (Abdomen) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who is now listed with a "foot" injury. He had previously been listed with a shoulder injury too, though now his only issue appears to be a broken toe.