Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has suffered an avulsion fracture in his right kneecap – his knee was known to be injured days prior, but an MRI revealed the injury to be much more severe than the Jets coach staff initially expected or anticipated.
Additional testing will be done tomorrow to determine if he will need to miss either the entire season or merely a large chunk of it.
Head Coach Robert Saleh reported Becton will be getting a second evaluation and opinion tomorrow on Thursday.
“It still doesn’t look good.”, said Saleh. “[His season is] more than likely over.”
But Saleh isn’t worried. He knows that being injured can make you feel hopeless and isolated and wanted to reiterate that Becton’s time with the Jets is not over, even though his injury history is frustrating to many.
“These are young men. And I think sometimes with social media…we dehumanize these athletes. Mekhi has walked in this building and he takes every punch you can get from every which way…he’s doing everything. And then everyone wants to drop him like a wet rag. That’s not the case. We love Mekhi, we appreciate everything he’s done. His ride is not over, his story is not over. He’s got the full support of this organization.
Just prior to the injury of Becton, the Jets had a visit with former Texans and Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown, a respected veteran around the league no matter who you ask. George Fant is listed as the starting left tackle, but has experience with the right side of the line as well. Brown would likely beat out Fant for left tackle solely on the basis of veteran experience. This would make Fant the full-time starting right tackle.
A deal with Brown has not been finalized.