The New York Giants received the bad news Friday morning: linebacker Jon Beason had a fracture and torn ligament in his right foot. The seven-year veteran will undergo surgery to repair the injury and should be sidelined for approximately 12 weeks, which could force him to miss the team’s season opener on September 8 against the Detroit Lions.
Beason, whose injury struggles took a toll on his play and eventually earned him a trade from Carolina to the Giants midway through last season, is still hopeful he will be able to play in the opener with his eyes set on another big year for the G-Men.
“The prognosis is X amount of time and [the season opener] is within that timeframe,” Beason said. “I expect to be back (for that game). If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 (games played), maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.”
Beason appeared in 15 of 16 regular-season games last season between Carolina and New York, recording 104 tackles—his highest total since he racked up 121 in 2010. His presence helped rejuvenate the Giants’ subpar run defense and he was a key contributor in shutting down top rushers like Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte.
Beason signed a three-year deal during the offseason, so the Giants are undoubtedly happy they have not lost Beason for a prolonged period of time. Though it will hurt to not have him there at practice and potentially for the first game of the season, they have capable bodies on the roster who can shoulder the load until he is ready to return. Mark Herzlich and Jameel McClain both have starting experience in the middle, but SNY’s John Fennelly speculates rookie Devon Kennard may be a more appropriate fill-in.
For Beason, it’s just a matter of healing up right and getting back into the lineup as soon as possible.
“I know that mentally you can’t get down on yourself,” Beason said. “You have to understand the situation and what you can control. The toughest part is knowing that there are a lot of people obviously in the locker room, the coaching staff, the organization and even the city that are counting on me to do my part and do it well. And it’s unfortunate because I worked so hard training.
“I feel great, I’m in good shape, I’m moving around a lot faster than I have in recent years. To have this setback kind of gets you back down to ground zero and then you have to work yourself back into football shape again. That’s disheartening, but it’s something that I think I can accomplish even under bad circumstances.”
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