Mekhi Becton out four to six weeks with knee injury
New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jets tackle Mekhi Becton has been diagnosed with a knee cap dislocation, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. He’ll now have to undergo arthroscopic surgery and rest up for 4-6 weeks before he retakes the field.

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 Becton, the Jets will call on Morgan Moses to play opposite of George Fant. Moses is a solid protector in his own right with plenty 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 they 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.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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