Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton fractures kneecap, likely out for season

Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton fractures kneecap, likely out for season

Published August 9, 2022
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The offensive lineman sustained an avulsion fracture of his right kneecap during Monday’s session, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported, and Becton will see a surgeon Wednesday. Saleh confirmed as much, telling reporters Becton would seek a second opinion.

The 11th-overall pick of the 2020 draft, Becton has frequently run into bad injury luck in his still-young professional career. The tackle battled through a chest injury in his rookie season, then suffered a knee injury in Week 1 of the 2021 season that sent him to injured reserve and ended his campaign after just 48 regular-season snaps.

Becton arrived in New York as a highly touted prospect with a rare blend of incredible size and agility. His highlight tape from Louisville was filled with pancakes and examples of the 360-pound, fleet-footed blocker barreling downfield with remarkable swiftness, and his 5.1-second 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine left onlookers slack-jawed.

New York believed it was addressing a massive need for the next decade when it chose Becton in the first round, which was seen as a serious steal at the time. Unfortunately for Becton, he’s been unable to prove them right due to repeated physical setbacks.