The New York Giants unfortunately may not see starting linebacker Jon Beason for the rest of the preseason; as he is not expected to play for the team when they face off against the New York Jets this weekend and it's unlikely right now that they would then turn around from that game and use him in their preseason finale against the New England Patriots.
However, despite the fact that the team's starting middle linebacker will not see the field this summer, he's been feeling much better after suffering a ligament tear in his foot during OTA's back in June; an injury that didn't require surgery but just rest and rehab. Beason has been testing the foot by pushing off the foot and cutting with it and having no reported pain in it, another great sign. Beason said he's ready for the next steps and feels close to returning for the team.
“I feel like I’m really close, but I have to go out and do it," Beason said Monday. “I want to test it, that’s gonna kinda confirm it for me.We’re going through the progression, so today should be pretty aggressive getting after it and doing some things based off of reaction as opposed to anticipation, which is what we do on defense."
Beason was perhaps the key factor in the Giants second-half turnaround after he was acquired from the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick this past October; as he recorded 93 of his 104 total tackles and one interception with the Giants and was rewarded with a three-year, $19 million deal after injuries has plagued him through the last couple of years during Carolina and lead to the trade to New Jersey.
While Beason has been out, the Giants for the time being have slid Jameel McClain over to the middle linebacker spot which has allowed rookie Devon Kennard to start the preseason on the outside and could end up becoming a starter for Week 1 if his strong play continues.
Beason said that it would have been nice to play in at least one of the team's preseason games before the regular season started, but ultimately, he said the goal is getting himself back onto the field for the team's opener against the Detroit Lions and feels like he wouldn't need much practice for him to get into game preparation.
“Going into it, to have the opportunity to play in the last couple of games was really a goal," Beason said. “That’s really not my decision. They might say: ‘Hey, it’s not worth risking it to go out and play versus the Jets or go out and play versus the Patriots.’ But you’ve had the opportunity, that’s great. Or to be working back in practice that’s really good, really promising for the opener against the Lions. I don’t know if I need the practice.
It’s good to kind of spin the wheels a little bit and get out there and get oiled up. I would love to have a full training camp and four dress rehearsals or five dress rehearsals, but unfortunately that’s not going to be the case. Either way I expect to go out and be myself and play well and help my team win.’’
One of the things Beason has done in the meantime to help take pressure off the foot is wearing a different sized cleat, going up from his normal 12.5 to a size 13. While it would be great to get Beason some practice reps against live competition, his presence in the regular season is what will count the most and if the Giants defense wants to continue the strong play that allowed them to finish eighth overall in 2013, Beason will be needed healthy in 2014.
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