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New York Jets starting right tackle Mekhi Becton is “more than likely” out for the season because of a knee injury he suffered Monday in practice, coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday.
Saleh said he feels “sick” for Becton, who has a chip fracture in his right knee. He also defended Becton against the “shade” he has received on social media.
“His story is not over. He has had the full support of this organization,” Saleh said. “And if you’re a fan who wants to support him, you’re more than welcome, otherwise just get on with it.”
Becton is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday. The Jets were initially optimistic about the injury, but that changed Monday night after the results of an MRI became known.
“Everything happens for a reason… I know God and my grandma got me there, I JUST KNOW! FAITH! #IMSTILLHIM #4GK,” Becton wrote on Instagram.
The 2020 first-round draft pick injured the same knee that required season-ending surgery in September, but this is a different injury, Saleh said.
Late Monday, the Jets signed well-traveled veteran Caleb Benenoch (23 career starts) to a one-year contract. They remain interested in free agent tackle Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, who visited them over the weekend.
Becton has started just 14 of 33 games in two seasons, including six games he didn’t finish due to various injuries. His weight became a big story last season, reaching around 400 pounds as he recovered from surgery.
He was overweight at minicamp in June, which frustrated the organization, but he worked out at the facility before camp and reported in acceptable shape. Saleh had praised Becton for getting through the first nine practices as he worked his way back into football shape.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini contributed to this report.