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New York Jets fear Mehki Becton may miss entire 2022 season with 'different' injury to the same knee

New York Jets fear Mekhi Becton will miss the entire 2022 season after MRI reveals ‘another’ injury to the same knee that will rule him out of the entire 2021 campaign

  • Mekhi Becton injured the same right knee that cost him all but one of his games last year
  • There were initially no fears that Becton’s injury was serious, but the test showed much more cause for concern
  • Jets received an offensive tackle from free agent Duane Brown on Saturday two days before Becton was injured

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The New York Jets and offensive tackle Mehki Becton were hoping for a massive comeback season after missing all but one of the games of the 2021-2022 NFL season with a knee injury.

It turns out that both sides may have to wait another year for the 2020 first round pick to build on the promising form he once showed during his rookie season. On Monday, Becton suffered an ‘other’ injury to the same right knee that had to be operated on last season.

New York initially tried to downplay the severity of the injury, but that optimism had faded by the end of the night.

A smiling Mekhi Becton talks to the media after Jet's training camp training

A smiling Mekhi Becton talks to the media after Jet’s training camp training

Becton takes part in exercises at Jet's training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Becton takes part in exercises at Jet's training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Becton takes part in exercises at Jet’s training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Jets initially took out Becton 11th overall in the hopes that the massive lineman would be the cornerstone of the attacking line, but following Monday’s injury reports he appears to be more of a cornerstone of the coaching room.

Becton originally injured his right knee in last year’s season opener after his leg was curled up by a falling teammate. Early reports said he was only going to miss four to six weeks, but he didn’t return at all.

Aside from just 14 of 33 games to date, Becton’s weight became a major storyline during his recovery from knee surgery, when at one point he tipped the scales to a whopping 400 pounds.

The organization was frustrated again in June when Becton showed up overweight for the off-season in June, but he worked himself back to an acceptable number that pleased coaches at the start of training camp.

A sleek-looking Becton arrives at the Jets facility on the first day of training camp

A sleek-looking Becton arrives at the Jets facility on the first day of training camp

A sleek-looking Becton arrives at the Jets facility on the first day of training camp

“It doesn’t seem bad for now, but – knock on wood – hopefully it stays that way,” said Jets head coach Robert Saleh about the latest injury.

Based on conversations with doctors at the time, Saleh had told reporters that Becton’s knee was “stable” and that he would undergo an MRI only as a precaution. While MRI results have not yet been revealed, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the injury was to Becton’s kneecap.

‘We’ll see if he takes time off. “Of course you’re concerned about everyone. You just don’t want to get into a fitness deficit. He’s a big man.’ said Saleh.

“He did his best and he did everything he was asked to do. Hopefully he will turn out well as we think he will and he can continue on this track. I think he’s fine.’

Head coach Robert Saleh initially played down the severity of Becton's injury before MRI results ruined feelings of optimism

Head coach Robert Saleh initially played down the severity of Becton's injury before MRI results ruined feelings of optimism

Head coach Robert Saleh initially played down the severity of Becton’s injury before MRI results ruined feelings of optimism

Earlier in the day, Becton was able to limp to the side after appearing to squeeze the knee during an offensive line drill. Just minutes later, during just the second game of 11-on-11 drills, Becton was absolutely blown up by John Franklin-Meyers on the defensive.

Becton immediately fell to the ground holding his knee with obvious signs of pain before removing his equipment and limping to the dressing room. Becton had started wearing braces on his surgically repaired knee last Friday, a sign that he was feeling some sort of discomfort.

However, the discomfort was believed to be nothing more than normal training camp pain and not an indication of a bigger problem.

In the wake of both Becton’s injury and a recent injury to offensive tackle Connor McDermott, the Jets signed offensive lineman Caleb Beneoch.

Beneoch played in 36 games with 23 starts in six years and most recently played with the New Orleans Saints.

The Jets also hosted veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown on a visit Saturday during the teams’ annual Green and White Scrimmage.

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