According to a report by NFL’s Adam Schefter, following a second opinion Jets tackle Mekhi Becton is due to undergo knee surgery next Wednesday which will see him sidelined for 4-8 weeks:
Jets’ OT Mekhi Becton now is scheduled to undergo knee surgery next Wednesday and is expected to miss 4-8 weeks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2021
This is a big blow to both Becton and the Jets, who hoped that the big left tackle would take the next step up to the elite level in 2021.
Becton injured his knee on Zach WIlson’s first career TD throw after a player rolled up onto the back of his leg. The 2nd year tackle looked in immediate pain and had to be helped off the field.
It was later revealed that Becton had dislocated his knee, probably as painful as it sounds.
The initial timescale was 4-6 weeks, so the on the face of it the surgery shouldn’t add too much to his recovery timescale. However, like with any injury, nothing is guaranteed and it all comes down to the individual.
If Becton were to miss 6 weeks through the injury, you imagine it would take him a week or two to regain full fitness, strength and confidence in his knee.
The Jets experienced signifcant pass-protecetion issues in week one against the Carolina Panthers, allowing 6 sacks and 10 hits on their QB, and losing their best offensive lineman isn’t going to help.
Fortunately for the Jets, they did decide to sign Morgan Moses this off-season which added much-needed depth to the offensive line. George Fant will now move over to LT with Moses coming in at RT.
Looking at the timescale, the Jets will likely be looking to late November for the return of their left tackle.