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New York Jets avoid injury disaster with stud rookie Mekhi Becton

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: Mekhi Becton #77 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The New York Jets avoid a disaster now that the Mekhi Becton shoulder injury does not seem as serious as initially thought.

A serious Mekhi Becton injury would have been something that travels far beyond cruel. New York Jets fans are already dealing with a ridiculous number of injuries, especially to Joe Douglas’s first NFL draft class.

It seems they have escaped this one.

Head coach Adam Gase told the media on a Monday conference call that Becton’s MRI came back clean and that he has a chance to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.

“The MRI and everything turned out better than really we were thinking [Sunday] night,” Gase said. “We’ll kind of see how he gets through the rest of the week and possibly he could play in this game. There’s just going to be a lot of work in the training room to see where he’s at by Thursday.”

Becton, 21, exited Sunday’s 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. The Jets initially stamped his status as doubtful to return but quickly downgraded him to out.

The larger-than-life Louisville product has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise terrible season. As one of the top graded rookies in the NFL (and offensive tackles, for that matter), the Jets running game has looked good in spots, especially on first down (and especially in Week 2). Once Becton exited the contest, the Jets offense never looked the same in Indy.

Injury report

The two players who already seem destined to miss the Broncos game are wide receiver Breshad Perriman and edge man Jordan Willis. The usual suspects remain on the injury report with a few new additions including Jordan Jenkins, John Franklin-Myers and Trevon Wesco.

Considering there will be no real practices this week (only walkthroughs), it’ll be interesting to see how the injury report unfolds.

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