New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason is walking around sans boot and crutches, feels ahead of schedule and not only maintains that he should return in time for the Week 1 opener against the Detroit Lions, but is now even hoping to see some preseason action.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Beason revealed that his recovery from a ligament tear and sesamoid fracture of his right foot — an injury originally thought to require surgery — is going quite well and that rehab appears to be doing the trick.
"I would hope so," Beason said when asked if he saw himself playing in the preseason. "Based on how I feel, the way things are going, you want to keep making baby steps.
"If you go too fast, all of a sudden you have a setback and now all of a sudden you're pushing that timetable of Sept. 8. So we want to be smart about it. Obviously, I'm going to do what they tell me, but I would love to get in the preseason and get some reps."
Despite his own personal optimism, Beason says his plan is to trust team doctors and their timetable, and although he'd like to think of himself as "superhuman," he realizes that's not the case and must abide by what the experts say. Still, the fact that Beason feels up to playing in a preseason game speaks volumes about how far he's come in such a short amount of time.
Whether or not the Giants actually allow him to play in a preseason game — assuming, of course, the doctors even give him a green light — remains to be seen. In all likelihood, they'd allow him to start practicing if such a time came, but seeing live snaps against actual opponents is a whole different animal and a risk they may not be willing to take.
For the time being, Beason remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and can be removed at any point prior to their September 8th game against the Lions.
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