NJ’s FLORHAM PARK (AP) — The New York Jets’ third season under Mekhi Becton is already over before it had began.
Due to a chip fracture he sustained in his right kneecap on Aug. 8 during practice, the starting right tackle was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.
Becton made the trip to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who repaired quarterback Zach Wilson’s damaged meniscus through arthroscopic knee surgery. Becton is anticipated to undergo surgery and miss the 2017 season, as the Jets anticipated.
The Jets made the step on Tuesday to reduce their roster to the required maximum of 85 players. Additionally, they released defensive back Luq Barcoo, offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, defensive end Tim Ward, and wide receiver Rashard Davis.
Becton, the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2020, would have lost two seasons in a row after dislocating his right kneecap and suffering cartilage damage in the season opener against Carolina the previous year. He was out for the rest of the campaign.
Becton’s most recent injury came during the second play of 11-on-11 team drills as he was getting used to playing right tackle this summer after previously playing on the left side. The initial prognosis was positive, but an MRI later that day showed that the knee had sustained more damage than had been anticipated.
After filling in for Becton last season, George Fant was expected to play left tackle. However, Becton’s injury inspired the Jets to agree to a two-year, $22 million contract with Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowl selection. With the Jets, Brown, who has spent his entire career at left tackle, will stay there, while Fant will move to the right side.
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