Second-year offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is one of a handful of players that the New York Jets lost to injury in their season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers. Originally, NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the sophomore would be out for "four to six weeks" with a dislocated knee, however, it's looking like he could miss more time than that.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Friday that Becton's official injury timeline is four to eight weeks once he undergoes surgery next Wednesday.
It's obviously far from ideal — especially when he's a player that is supposed to be a cornerstone of the offensive line for years to come. But it should give Jets fans some optimism that Becton could be back before the end of the year.
Mekhi Becton Injury Update
The 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Becton started in 13 out of the 14 games he played in during his rookie season. He was on the field for a total of 691 offensive snaps (70%) while allowing 7 sacks along the way. At the end of the year, his 74.4 overall Pro Football Focus player grade proves that he has all the tools to be a solid offensive lineman going forward despite how bad the rest of the team was around him in 2020.
Becton's injury has forced the Jets to move George Fant over to left tackle after he had started on the right side in 14 games last year. Meanwhile, veteran OT Morgan Moses — who the Jets signed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal in July — will take over for Fant on the right.
It'll be interesting to see how the Jets rebound from their injury troubles when they play host to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon. The game could be a low-scoring affair with the total set to 42.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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