Jets Rumors: Mekhi Becton Likely Out for 2022 Season with Knee Injury

Doric SamAugust 9, 2022

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JULY 28: Mekhi Becton #77 of the New York Jets during morning practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on July 28, 2021 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is reportedly likely to miss the entire 2022 season after suffering an avulsion fracture in his right knee cap.

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported the news, saying Becton will see a surgeon tomorrow. Connor Hughes of SNY reported Monday there was "legitimate fear" that Becton will miss the season.

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After Becton went down on the second play of practice Monday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters the injury "doesn't seem like a big deal." Hughes reported Saleh was told by doctors that Becton did not suffer structural damage but that a later MRI "was worse than doctors feared."

The 11th pick in 2020, Becton has not been the franchise left tackle New York had hoped for. The 23-year-old has appeared in 15 games but completed only eight of them, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. Becton has also struggled with his weight.

The Jets moved Becton to right tackle during training camp, handing the left tackle job to veteran George Fant after he filled in admirably last season. New York's offensive line depth has been a point of concern this offseason, and this injury to Becton could make matters worse.

The Jets reportedly signed veteran offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, who has appeared in 36 games with 23 starts in six years. New York also hosted five-time Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown on Saturday during the team's Green and White scrimmage.

With Becton's injury, the price to sign the 36-year-old Brown likely went up.


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