This development means that he will have to miss his second straight season after sitting out all but one game in 2021 due to cartilage damage in his knee.
Once again, the Jets will have to fill the void that Becton left, especially if they are to compete this season.
But as the team finds ways to address his absence, NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport shared an update regarding Becton.
Prior to having knee surgery from Dr. Neal ElAttrach, #Jets OT Mekhi Becton was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his 2022. He’ll have surgery within the week (corrected, as the surgery date was moved.)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2022
Rapoport tweeted, “Prior to having knee surgery from Dr. Neal ElAttrach, #Jets OT Mekhi Becton was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his 2022. He’ll have surgery within the week (corrected, as the surgery date was moved.)”
Everyone in the Jets organization hopes for a successful surgery to have a stronger and fresher Becton in 2023.
Saleh Convinced Becton Will Come Back Stronger
While things are tough on Becton’s side, head coach Robert Saleh is confident that he will have a productive career after missing almost two seasons.
Saleh said in a recent press conference, “Mekhi has walked into this building and has taken every punch you can get from every which way. He shows up and he works his tail off and he grinds every single day. He shows up to camp and he’s fighting to get himself back in shape.”
He added, “He’s got videos of him vomiting and people throwing shade when he’s limping and doing all those different things and he’s fighting for his family, for himself, for his teammates, for this organization, for this fanbase. He’s doing everything and then everything wants to drop him.”
Saleh closed with, “We love Mekhi. We appreciate everything he’s done. And his ride is not over. His story is not over.”