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The Jets have officially placed offensive tackle, Mekhi Becton, on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Becton sustained an avulsion fracture to his right kneecap earlier this month and reportedly will undergo surgery within the week. He was a highly lauded tackle coming out of Louisville, specifically for his atypical mash-up of size and speed. Unfortunately, the former 11th-overall pick has had a tough go of it when it comes to staying healthy. In his sophomore season last year, he dislocated his right kneecap and sprained his right MCL in Week 1 causing him to miss the rest of the season. Becton was supposed to be the Jets’ potential long-term solution at tackle, but injuring the same knee twice is going to pose a significant hurdle for the 6’7”, 364-pound lineman. George Fant is projected to step in for Becton at right tackle for the Jets as five-time Pro Bowl selection Duane Brown will man the left side.
Jets RT Mekhi Becton is expected to miss "significant time" after suffering a knee injury during practice Monday.
Becton reportedly suffered a small, chip-sized fracture to his knee cap after it originally seemed like he avoided a serious injury. The former No. 11 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft played in just one game last season and there is a chance his entire 2022 season might be in jeopardy as well.
According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, Mekhi Becton’s knee injury is “more concerning than the team originally believed.”
Becton left the Jets training camp session early on Monday after suffering a knee injury. Following practice, head coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Becton was “fine” but that tune has now changed after further testing. The third-year lineman’s new injury is unrelated to past issues with the same knee. Becton has medical appointments scheduled for tomorrow, so there will be more clarity shortly.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets are officially moving T Mekhi Becton to right tackle in favor of sixth-year T George Fant at left tackle.
Becton was taken 11th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he got off to a slow start after being seen as a bit of a project. After two seasons at left tackle — though he only played one game last season due to injury — the Jets have decided to move on with the veteran Fant on the left side, placing Becton on the right. Becton showed up to training camp slimmer than expected, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, and will be cleared from the physically unable to perform list once he passes a physical.
The Jets announced that OT Mekhi Becton will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Mekhi Becton suffered a dislocated kneecap and an MCL sprain during last year's Week 1 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. He was originally supposed to return to the field after five weeks, but ended up missing the remainder of the season due to the inability to regain strength in the injured knee. Becton has spent the offseason rehabbing, but has struggled to maintain a reasonable playing weight, which could also be a factor in the team's decision to place him on the PUP list. The Jets are hoping the former 11th overall selection can stay healthy and have a breakout season in 2022.