Sunday’s 19-14 loss to the Panthers in the season opener at Carolina was costly to the Jets not in the standings and to their psyche, but also for their roster with several key injuries Jets coach Robert Saleh updated on Monday.
Saleh confirmed that starting left tackle Mekhi Becton will be out “a minimum of four to six weeks” because of the right knee injury he suffered in the game. Saleh confirmed that Becton dislocated his knee cap and has MCL and cartilage damage. He said Becton is seeking a second opinion, but arthroscopic surgery is believed to be the way he will go to clean out the knee.
“There is a dislocation of the knee cap, but everything else seems to be intact,” Saleh said.
“Positive vibes only! I’ll be good!’’ Becton tweeted.
When Becton was injured, starting right tackle George Fant moved to left tackle and Morgan Moses, who’d been sharing time with Fant in training camp, played right tackle.
“There’s a shuffling that has to happen,” Saleh said. “But with respect to Mekhi, he did only practice twice leading up to the game the past two weeks, so George will go to left tackle and Morgan will play right tackle. They’ve gotten a lot of reps, so they’ll be able to work.
“We feel very fortunate that we’ve got three legitimate starting tackles,” Saleh went on. “Obviously, Mekhi is a heck of a talent, but to have two veterans getting into a groove is beneficial.”
In other injury news, starting veteran safety Lamarcus Joyner, an offseason signing, is out for the season with a torn triceps. Punter Braden Mann is out for “a minimum” of four to six weeks with the knee injury he suffered early in the game, but doesn’t appear to need surgery.
Also, rookie linebacker Jamien Sherwood is out “a couple of weeks” with a sprained ankle and linebacker Blake Cashman is out “a couple weeks” with a hamstring injury.
Though kicker Matt Ammendola filled in admirably for Mann, punting in a game for the first time in his life, including high school, and averaging 48.5 yards on six punts, Saleh said the team is working out punters.
Saleh, too, said there will likely be some players signed to fill in for the injured players.
“Joe (Douglas, the GM) and his staff are gathering names, but there are going to have to be some additions (to the roster),” Saleh said.
Saleh said it looks like wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who missed Sunday’s game because he was still in COVID-19 protocol, is in position to “test out” this week and be active for Sunday’s game home opener against the Patriots.