Brandin Echols out 3-5 weeks with quad injury, Mekhi Becton to miss 1-3 more weeks


The Jets’ defense took another hit in Week 10.

Rookie cornerback Brandin Echols will miss 3-5 weeks with a quad injury suffered in New York’s 45-17 loss to the Bills, Robert Saleh said Monday. Echols injured his quad in the second quarter and did not return.

Echols’ injury is another blow to an already weak secondary decimated by injuries. The Jets have lost both their starting safeties in Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Maye to season-ending injuries and will now be down their No. 2 cornerback. Echols was fourth on the team in defensive snaps with 407 and tallied 41 total tackles and four defended passes in nine starts.

Echols’ absence means either undrafted free agent Isaiah Dunn or fifth-round pick Jason Pinnock, who is currently on the COVID-19 list, will need to step in as the Jets’ second cornerback alongside Bryce Hall while Javelin Guidry and Michael Carter II command the slot. Dunn has seen just four defensive snaps this season while Pinnock has only played in two.

Left tackle Mekhi Becton, who suffered a dislocated knee cap in Week 1 and hasn’t played since, is still a few weeks away from returning to practice, according to Saleh.

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