FLORHAM PARK — We’re just three weeks before the start of the 2023 regular season and the New York Jets are finally getting healthier along the offensive line.
Ahead of Tuesday’s practice, Jets head coach Robert Saleh gave an update to several of the team’s currently injured offensive line. Almost all were positive.
First, both starting guards, Laken Tomlinson and Alijah Vera-Tucker are expected back at practice this week after missing the last week due to leg and ankle injuries respectively. Both are expected to be available in the final preseason game against the New York Giants on Saturday.
Second-round rookie center Joe Tippmann however is still dealing with an undisclosed knee injury. Saleh said the team hopes that he will be available for the start of the 2023 regular season.
Saleh’s news on Tuesday morning also coincided with Duane Brown working out in Houston to potentially remove him from the PUP list. Brown has not been able to practice with the team during training camp as he recovers from a shoulder injury that he played with throughout the 2022 season. His workout is scheduled for later and could lead to him being a participant in Wednesday’s practice if all things go well.
Brown’s potential return along with the recovery of both starting guards means that the Jets could have their entire projected starting offensive line in Saturday’s contest. Mekhi Becton is expected to start against the Giants at right tackle according to a report from Connor Hughes of SNY. It will be Becton’s second game at right tackle and give the team even more insurance as they are expected to play Aaron Rodgers in the preseason finale.
“He did a really nice job on Saturday. He looks like his cardio has improved. We’re going to give him a run at RT,” Saleh said of Becton.