As bad as losing their season opener to the Carolina Panthers was, losing star left tackle Mekhi Becton would have been borderline catastrophic for the New York Jets. But the initial diagnosis for the Jets' blindside blocker is more positive than fans may have anticipated.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the knee injury that saw Becton carted off in the second half against the Panthers appears to be an MCL sprain. He will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis soon.
Given that Becton was almost in tears as he was carted off the field, that's significantly better than fans anticipated. Nevertheless, it still means he's likely to miss significant time as he recovers.
Injuries were a problem for Becton last year. He missed three games due to various injuries, but looked like an All-Pro at times.
Naturally, Jets fans were relieved to hear that it may just be a sprain and not the dreaded ACL tear.
"That’s really good for what it could’ve been," one fan replied.
"I can breathe a bit," wrote another.
"Man that would be best case scenario after seeing it on field," another fan replied.
An MCL sprain has an estimated recovery time of four to eight weeks. For someone like Becton who relies as much on shifting his body weight, it could be even longer.
But the Jets now have reason to believe that Becton's second year in the league isn't over after just one week.