Thus far during training camp, the New York Giants have been without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason, who suffered a foot injury back in June. With Beason on the sidelines watching, Jameel McClain has stepped into Beason's place at middle linebacker and rookie Devon Kennard has gotten an opportunity to play at outside linebacker and open some eyes in camp.
While his foot heels, Beason has been in the ear of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and telling him that he thinks he'll be ready to go for the Week 1 opener against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. For the time being, he spends some time each day during camp testing his foot by doing some running on a track.
"You try to get out there and tax it a little bit, see how it feels, and then everything is based on gauging it the next day," Beason said. "Is it really sore? Is it just a little bit sore? And then if you can have consistent days, then you know you're kind of building up a tolerance. So that's usually the process in any rehab. Toes are a little iffy, because it doesn't take much pain to have irritated feet, makes it hard to change direction, especially as a defensive player where you have to do a lot of reacting."
While Beason has been hoping to play in at least one of the team's preseason games, it's not likely that he'll play in their game Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts and it's not likely that he'll play the following week when they return to New Jersey to play the New York Jets in the annual "MetLife Bowl" game which would leave one final game during the summer and the preseason against the New England Patriots, this year at MetLife Stadium. All Beason can do is hope that his foot heals enough that it will allow him to do so.
"It's coming along," Beason said. "We still have time. I'm just trying to listen to the staff, who I trust, and trying to listen to my body. But we are playing on Monday night (in the season opener) and it's still a little over three weeks before the game, so a lot can happen between now and then."
While it would be great for the Giants to get Beason on the field for at least one game this summer so he can get into the football swing of things, him being healthy for the regular season is the most important thing for the 2014 season, especially since he was a big part of the team's second half turnaround last year and why the Giants defense finished eighth overall in 2013.
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