Mekhi Becton likely out for year with avulsion fracture of kneecap

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh sounded pessimistic about right tackle Mekhi Becton‘s outlook for the 2022 season after a Monday knee injury and things don’t look any better after more visits with doctors on Tuesday.

NFL Media reports that Becton has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture of his right kneecap. He is set to see a surgeon on Wednesday and Saleh confirmed at a press conference that the 2020 first-round pick’s season is “more than likely” over as a result of the injury.

Becton missed the final 16 games of the 2021 season after hurting his knee in the season opener. That will leave him with a lot of time on the shelf heading into his fourth season and the lack of time on the field will make it impossible for the Jets to count on anything from him in 2023 or beyond.

It will also likely leave them looking for help in the short term. They signed a pair of depth linemen on Tuesday, but signing a veteran like former Seahawk Duane Brown, who recently met with the team, or making a trade for another tackle may be the path the team winds up taking.

24 responses to “Mekhi Becton likely out for year with avulsion fracture of kneecap

  1. He’s kinda lucky cuz who wants to be a part of that train wreck of an organization. They might win 5 games this year

  2. An avulsion fracture occurs when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone.

    I had a broken patella and it was a full leg cast for 8 weeks and loss of a huge amount of muscle. It takes a long time to regain. This sounds like a surgery to reattach the bone.

  3. It’s the Jets. This is what happens. I see another cellar finish coming up.

  4. The biggest mistake by the Jets was not selecting one of the stud tackle with one of their top 10 picks instead of the Cornerback, You would have had that tackle on a rookie deal and would be sleeping at night like a baby knowing if something goes south you have a top talent to move right in to protect the guy you hope is a Franchise QB.

  5. If I had to bet, he’s played his final snap as the Jet.

    He will likely get another shot in the league based on how many teams always need offensive linemen but he is going to need to dramatically overhaul his nutrition and training and get down to a 320-330 pound range. Have to think any future contract he gets will definitely consist of weight requirements.

  6. Agree that the Jets should have taken one of the tackles with the fourth overall pick. Sauce Gardiner may or may not excel this year, but if New York was expecting Zack Wilson to take a big step this season, better O-line was critical for that. The biggest source of improvement for the team would have come in that area rather than one area at the back end of their defence.
    And it’s not as if there weren’t questions about Becton leading into the draft. This simply was simply a mistake by the organization that will impact them for years.

  7. Could Isaiah Wynn of the Patriots be a possible trade target for the Jets to acquire? He is in the last year of his contract and the Pats could easily move Michael Onwenu to right tackle which seems to be his best position. Wynn to the Jets for a 2nd or 3rd rounder. The Jets need to help their young QB.

  8. Always amazed at the jokes and insults when a young man goes down with a serious injury. Many of you need a lesson in being a good human. Your parents should be ashamed.

  9. Hey, I hope he heals up and ends up having a nice career, but two major injuries over two seasons ending each season isn’t going to quell the BUST chatter.

  10. 12brichandfamous says:
    August 9, 2022 at 12:45 pm
    An avulsion fracture occurs when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone.

    I had a broken patella and it was a full leg cast for 8 weeks and loss of a huge amount of muscle. It takes a long time to regain. This sounds like a surgery to reattach the bone.

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    That’s not the whole story. The avulsion was caused by the kneecap dislocating, which is the 2nd time now on the same knee. His knock knees condition was a medical concern entering the draft and it is the root cause of all of this. At this point it has to be corrected or it will just continue to happen.

    Once the patella is healed he will need osteotomy to realign the knee properly. That is why he is out for the year. It’s cutting and reshaping bone and repositioning ligaments. It’s a major surgery with a long and difficult recovery just for an average Joe to get back to doing average Joe things, let alone a 340lb football player trying to get to the point of playing at the NFL level.

    Modern medicine is incredible, so by no means is the the end of the road for Bechton. But this is going to be a long process. He will be very fortunate if he is ready for Week 1 next year.

  11. Maybe he should just recover from all of this as best he can, and then call it a career. I don’t see this ever being resolved for the young man based on his sheer size alone. Too much weight for his frame to carry.

  12. Good edge OLinemen have speed and mobility. When healthy, this guy is a 400lb block of cement. Jets never learn.

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