Jets have hope for Mekhi Becton this week despite NFL Network report


Left tackle Mekhi Becton has been “working through” his ankle injury and will try to play Friday despite an NFL Network report stating he could miss a week or two with a Grade 1 sprain.

“We’re still working through trying to see if he’ll be available for Friday,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said.

Becton didn’t participate in the Jets’ walk-through Tuesday ahead of their Black Friday game against the Dolphins.

He has been one of two offensive linemen, along with left guard Laken Tomlinson, to start all 10 games for the Jets this season.

If Becton ends up missing time, Gang Green would be forced to start another offensive line combination.

Mekhi Becton could still play in the Jets game against the Dolphins.
Mekhi Becton could still play in the Jets game against the Dolphins.
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They could get Duane Brown (hip) back, but his 21-day window to get activated from injured reserve closes Thursday.

Saleh said Monday that they’d try to push him physically with more contact in practice, but he didn’t have any additional updates Tuesday before the walk-through.

Rookie Carter Warren, the Jets’ fourth-round pick in April, was a “pleasant surprise” filling Becton’s spot at left tackle Sunday, Saleh said.

Warren was placed on injured reserve following the Hall of Fame Game against the Browns with an undisclosed injury before getting activated Oct. 14, and he also sustained a season-ending meniscus tear to end his collegiate career at Pittsburgh.

Injuries forced Warren to miss most of training camp and OTAs, which put him “significantly behind the eight-ball,” according to Saleh.

“Kinda like what happened to [offensive lineman] Max Mitchell last year, we’re not expecting him to get on the field,” Saleh said. “He got his opportunity, and he did really well. If he does have to go this week, it’ll be another opportunity for him to grow.”

Carter Warren impressed Robert Saleh in the Jets' loss to the Bills.
Carter Warren (right) impressed Robert Saleh in the Jets’ loss to the Bills.
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Offensive linemen Xavier Newman (undisclosed) and Billy Turner (finger) are “trending in the right direction” for playing Friday, Saleh said.

Cornerback Michael Carter II (hamstring), injured in Friday’s practice before missing Sunday’s game, will get an opportunity to practice full-speed Wednesday, but Saleh said he’s “not sure” about the slot cornerback’s status.

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