Running back Matt Forte has been ruled out of the Jets' game at the Buccaneers on Sunday because of swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.

Forte said Friday he's played with swelling in the knee "for a while." But over last weekend, after Forte rushed for 77 yards on a season-high 14 carries in the Jets' dominant Thursday night victory over the Bills, the swelling increased "to a point where it's getting significantly worse."

"Obviously coming from a Sunday game to a Thursday game, there's less recovery time," Forte said, "and it just got worse on me."

Forte underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in January to repair a torn meniscus. He wore a sleeve on his right leg in the locker room Friday and walked with a slight limp. Forte said he underwent an MRI, which showed "just swelling." He doesn't expect to be shut down for the season, and doesn't think the injury will require surgery. But draining the knee is a possibility.

"I've had it drained before, but it just depends on how it's going," Forte said. "If it's going down any, then you won't need to have it drained, but if it's not, then sometimes you do."

"I'm not that concerned," Forte added. "You deal with injuries throughout the year, and at running back, it's always obviously tough. You get a lot of injuries, and I'm just focused on healing up so I can get to the next game."

After facing the Bucs on Sunday, the Jets have their bye week before hosting the Panthers on Nov. 26.

"We were looking to try to get it down, and then rest during the bye week. But over the weekend, it didn't go down any," Forte said. "Throughout this week, we were trying to get it to go down more and more, but it didn't happen. So our thought is that obviously I'm out for this game, but then having the bye week off, hopefully by then my knee will be back to regular."