Frank Gore eyes 2019 return after injury places him on IR

Frank Gore eyes 2019 return after injury places him on IR

Veteran running back Frank Gore will not finish out his 14th season in the NFL. 

Gore, who signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, sustained a foot injury in the team’s 41-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. According to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, Gore will not need surgery and should be back to “100 percent” in coming weeks.

Gore, 35, has said he wants to continue playing and wouldn’t mind doing so in South Florida. 

The five-time Pro Bowl player will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and would like to return to the Dolphins if both can agree on a deal, according to ESPN.

“We’ll sit down after the season is over,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Friday. “We’re not in a rush right now.”

Gore has led Miami with 722 rushing yards and an average of 4.6 yards per carry in 14 games this season. With 14,748 career yards, Gore is fourth all-time behind only Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.

Earlier this year, Gore said: “I’ve had a blessed career, especially with what I’ve been through in college. All the doubts because of the injuries. I’ve been on some good teams, played with some good players, played with a bunch of good guys who blocked for me. Right now I’m playing and I want to keep going.”

The Week 16 matchup versus Jacksonville will be the first game Gore has missed since the 2010 season. The Dolphins will host the Jaguars on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.