The NY Jets have dealt with their fair share of injuries this summer. Now, they could find themselves without left tackle Mekhi Becton after he was placed in concussion protocol following a head-to-head collision in Tuesday's practice.
Becton left practice early on Tuesday after he was seen vomiting on the sideline following a collision that affected his head.
Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to reporters after practice and revealed that Becton would undergo precautionary tests to determine whether or not he had a concussion.
"He had a run-in earlier in practice on a collision, so we were more precautionary checking it out, checking his head. I think it was head-to-head contact, so we’re evaluating him."- Robert Saleh, on Mekhi Becton
Becton sat out of Wednesday's practice after being placed in concussion protocol. He will be required to be cleared by the Jets' medical staff and an independent neurological consultant after following the five-step Return-To-Participation protocol, per NFL rules.
It's unclear how long Becton will be out, but he surely won't be able to play in this Friday's preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
If Becton is forced to miss any time, George Fant would likely step in as the starting left tackle with Morgan Moses manning right tackle.
Mekhi Becton has had a rocky summer with the NY Jets
Becton has had a bit of an up-and-down offseason following what many considered to be a spectacular rookie year.
The 2020 first-round pick battled a foot injury in the spring and had some struggles during training camp. So much so that offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur even insisted that Becton "wasn't playing at his best."
It takes a lot for coach to openly admit that about one of his players.
Still, Becton looked good in both of the Jets' preseason games and is learning a new system after missing the entire spring. Couple that with the fact that he's been playing alongside Dan Feeney at left guard with Alijah Vera-Tucker nursing a pectoral injury.
Struggles are to be expected.
The Jets will hope to get Becton back as soon as possible. Fortunately, with over two weeks until the start of the regular season, there's a decent chance that Becton will be ready to go for Week 1.
His status is worth monitoring over the coming days/weeks.