NY Jets: Mekhi Becton held out of practice with foot injury

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NY Jets' left tackle Mekhi Becton has been watching from the sidelines so far during OTAs and that isn't expected to change any time soon.

Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to reporters on Friday and revealed that Becton is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot and there isn't a timetable for his return.

Saleh did state that the injury isn't a major one and that he isn't expected to undergo surgery or miss training camp, but that the team does want him off his feet right now.

Per Saleh, Becton has been dealing with the injury since last week and has still been with the team in meetings. But at least for the time being, he's being held out of practice.

The NY Jets don't seem concerned about Mekhi Becton's injury.

While the Jets don't appear to be concerned about Becton's injury, it's certainly a situation that bears monitoring.

Plantar fasciitis is no joke and it's an injury that's been known to linger, sometimes for months. The fact that he doesn't need surgery (at least yet) is a positive, but there's no guarantee that this ailment will just go away.

Becton, the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, dealt with a few nagging injuries in his rookie season but still put together a strong campaign.

The former Louisville star established himself as one of the best young tackles in football and looks well on his way to NFL stardom — if he could stay healthy.

Becton missed Weeks 5 and 6 of last season with a shoulder injury and exited the final game of the year with an ankle injury. He also dealt with a chest injury that caused trouble breathing back in November.

None of the injuries were serious, but the nagging ailments add up. And the latest issue with his foot is another instance of that.

At 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton's weight has been a topic of discussion again this offseason with Saleh stating last week that the Jets still haven't identified an "ideal weight" for the rising star offensive lineman.

Given his size, a potential foot injury becomes all the more concerning.

Regardless, the Jets clearly believe that this is a minor setback and not one that will cost him any training camp reps.

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But this is certainly something to keep an eye on.