With Frank Gore unable to play in Week 17 due to injury, has his career come to an end?

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Scott Thompson
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Frank Gores runs ball during Jets game against Dolphins
Frank Gores runs ball during Jets game against Dolphins

Following a game where he reached another milestone by rushing for 16,000 total yards in his career, Frank Gore won’t be playing in Week 17.

Head coach Adam Gase said that Gore suffered a lung contusion against the Cleveland Browns, and that it will hold him out of the final game of the season.

Will it also be the final game of his career?

It seems to be the speculation at the end of the past few years, as Gore continues to weigh his options in what has been a Hall of Fame worthy career. Just when it looks like Gore will be done, he goes and signs a one-year deal like he did with the Jets this past offseason.

Gase said that he isn’t sure where Gore’s mind is currently regarding his NFL future.

“To give you my opinion on what he’s going to do is probably irrelevant because you don’t know,” Gase told media members via conference call on Monday. “I think Frank’s always going to worry about that when the time comes if he wants to play again. He may try to do it, I’m not sure. I haven’t had that discussion with him yet.”

If it truly is quits, Gase can’t say enough about what Gore has done for the Jets in just one season. Gase has been around Gore prior to his time with the Jets, and what he saw in Miami with the Dolphins was exactly what occurred in New York.

“As far as what he’s done this year, [helping to] keep these guys together, showing guys the right way to do things in that running back room with the amount of young players we have in there,” Gase explained. “I think the young players just in general on the whole team seeing him working day in, day out, understanding no matter what your record is, how to come to work, how to supposed to practice, how you’re supposed to play the game, I can’t say enough about him leading by example.”

Sam Darnold can speak for the young players on the team that look up to the veteran back.

“He’s been amazing, man,” he said. “The work ethic that he shows day in and day out regardless of our circumstance. Going 0-13, obviously a winless year for most of the weeks that we played, he was able to come in and just put his head down and go forward. For other guys to see that, I know he probably doesn’t even necessarily think about it, but the young guys, including myself, and all the guys on there team, look at him and you want to embody everything that he shows on a day-to-day basis. It’s so consistent, and that’s why he has such a long career.

“He’s a great leader for this team and one of the best ones to ever do it. I’m very happy to have played with him, and very grateful to have played with him this year.”

If this is Gore’s last game that he just played, it’s been an absolute elite career that players dream out. For 16 seasons, he’s broken the record for games played by a running back at 240. He also has nine 1,000-yard seasons that totaled the 16,000 rushing yards, which joins Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton for the only two before him to accomplish that feat. It’s the third-most rushing yards in NFL history.

Not too shabby for the Miami product. And since he won’t be available next week for Gang Green, he can get a head start on contemplating whether or not he will continue to strap on pads next season.