A new report provides an update on Mekhi Becton’s injury status
The health of offensive tackle Mekhi Becton was a lingering, perplexing storyline throughout the New York Jets‘ 2021 season. Becton was initially expected to miss only four to eight weeks following a knee injury suffered in Week 1, but he ended up missing the entire year.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo provided an update on Becton’s injury status on Jan. 15, six days after the Jets’ season finale in Buffalo.
In a tweet, Garafolo says the Jets “hope” that Becton’s rehab is “turning a corner and he’ll be ready to go this spring.” Garafolo breaks down the story behind Becton’s tumultuous season in an accompanying video.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 15, 2022
“The knee did not come along as quickly as [the Jets] had hoped, and what happened was, because he wasn’t able to do the kind of things that he needed to do to get into rehab and get back in shape, he put on weight,” Garafolo reported.
Garafolo continued, “This is something where he is going to have to continue to rehab that knee, he is going to have to get back in shape. The Jets are hopeful that he will be back in shape, ready to go, physically and mentally, for the start of OTAs. But we’ll see how that goes.”
The 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft out of Louisville, Becton showcased immense potential in his rookie season. However, his durability came into question as he managed to play 100% of the Jets’ offensive snaps in only eight games, missing two contests and leaving the field at least once in six of his 14 appearances.
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