Now Forte acknowledges the 309-yard drop in rushing from his 1,238-yard rookie season had a great deal to do with the knee injury, which required offseason arthroscopic surgery to repair.
"It's just one of those things where you want to be rewarded for your success. I understand, but that has nothing to do with me," he said. "My job is to come here and play ball. If he wants to hold out, I know what he's going through. I'm just going to be there doing what I'm supposed to do."