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NY Jets: Mekhi Becton injures shoulder in first half of Week 3

NY Jets, Mekhi Becton (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Mekhi Becton (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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NY Jets’ rookie offensive tackle Mekhi Becton injured his shoulder in the first half of Week 3.

NY Jets‘ rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton has been one of the only causes of optimism so far this season. But now, that optimism may have just been halted.

Shortly before the end of the first half in the team’s Week 3 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts Becton left and went into the locker room with what was called an undisclosed injury.

When the teams returned from the locker room to start the second half, Becton was nowhere to be found. The injury was soon called a shoulder injury with his status to return declared as doubtful.

However, his status was soon downgraded to out indicating that the injury could be a pretty significant one.

Veteran backup Conor McDermott came into the game to replace Becton as the Jets were already starting Chuma Edoga in place of George Fant at right tackle.

That left the Jets with a hobbled center, two backup offensive tackles, and backups at every wide receiver position. Not exactly an ideal situation for Sam Darnold and the offense.

The NY Jets have been impressed by Mekhi Becton through two weeks.

Becton has been fantastic through the first two games of the season as he ranked as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 10 overall offensive tackle in the NFL entering the week.

Seen as a project entering his rookie season, Becton has surpassed all expectations playing like one of the Jets’ best overall players thus far. And through two weeks, he’s arguably been the league’s most impressive offensive rookie.

And in the midst of a difficult season for Gang Green, there have been few reasons for positivity. Mekhi Becton has been chief among those reasons.

Jets fans will hold their breath for a post-game update about his injury status. In all likelihood, the rookie first-round pick will undergo an MRI to reveal the extent of his injury.

Any significant time missed would be devastating to both the Jets and their standout rookie. Seeing as the Jets play this Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, there’s a good chance he misses that game.

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Here’s to hoping that Becton’s injury isn’t serious and he could return before long.

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