NY Jets: Mekhi Becton limited in practice with a knee injury

NY Jets, Mekhi Becton (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Mekhi Becton (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

NY Jets’ left tackle Mekhi Becton was limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury.

The NY Jets have been dealing with an unprecedented number of injuries so far this year. And fans aren’t going to be very happy about the latest victim of the injury bug — rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton.

The Jets announced that Becton was limited in Wednesday’s practice because of a knee injury that he was dealing with. Becton reportedly injured his knee in Sunday’s season opener but played through the pain as he didn’t want to be removed.

The good news is that the injury doesn’t appear to be a serious one and head coach Adam Gase told reporters that they were just being “cautious” with him right now.

The expectation is that he won’t miss any actual games with the injury. Gase said that the team is going to be “careful [on Wednesday] and see how he feels afterward.”

While the injury doesn’t appear to be major at first glance, that doesn’t mean that Becton is in the clear just yet. After all, just look at some of the other injuries the Jets have suffered over the past month or so for evidence of that.

Breshad Perriman was only expected to miss a couple of days with a knee injury in the summer. He ended up missing nearly half of training camp. Meanwhile, rookie wideout Denzel Mims remains sidelined with multiple hamstring injuries after he was expected to return weeks ago.

Just because the Jets are saying that Becton’s injury isn’t serious, doesn’t mean that they’re correct in their evaluation.

The NY Jets must have been very impressed with Mekhi Becton’s debut.

This comes just days after Becton put together quite an impressive debut. The 11th overall pick finished as Pro Football Focus‘ highest-graded offensive rookie earning a very solid 77.2 grade.

The Jets’ offensive line looked improved in Week 1 — one of the only positive takeaways from an ugly afternoon of football — and Becton’s strong play was one of the biggest reasons why.

If worst comes to worst and Becton is forced to miss time, expect 2019 third-rounder Chuma Edoga to get the call. Whether the Jets would opt to play Edoga at left tackle or move right tackle George Fant over to the left side is uncertain.

Ideally, that isn’t something they have to worry about though.

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Becton’s injury seems minor, but his status is certainly worth monitoring over the next couple of days.