Jets Place T Mekhi Becton On IR

Jets tackle Mekhi Becton has been diagnosed with a knee cap dislocation (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com). He’ll now have to undergo arthroscopic surgery and rest up for 4-6 weeks before he retakes the field. The Jets placed the second-year blocker on IR Tuesday.

Becton, the Jets’ 2020 first rounder, got his right leg caught between guard Greg Van Roten and Panthers defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon on Sunday. The Jets carted him off the field as the Sam Darnold-led Panthers went on to win 19-14.

The news could have been a whole lot worse, but it’s still a bad blow to the Jets’ offensive line. Without him, the Jets will call on Morgan Moses to play opposite of George Fant. Moses is a solid protector in his own right with lots of starting experience, but doesn’t offer the same kind of upside.

The 0-1 Jets will likely place Becton on the short-term injured reserve list, opening up a roster spot for a depth signing. It’s likely that they’ll add another tackle today or tomorrow as prepare for the Patriots on Sunday. Alternatively, they could promote one of their two tackles — Isaiah Williams and Grant Hermanns — from the 16-man practice squad.

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