Beason suffers ligament tear, foot fracture

The injury bug has bitten the New York Giants as standout linebacker Jon Beason is the latest player to sustain a setback during the team's OTAs.

New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot during an OTA workout on Thursday.

The team announced Beason will undergo further examination and review of his injury with Foot and Ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte. A determination will then be made regarding the next steps in the repair and rehabilitation from the injury.

"The prognosis is X amount of time and it (the Sept. 8 opener) is within that timeframe," Beason said today. "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 was hurt defending a pass play during the Giants' practice. He left the field under his own power, was immediately examined by the team's medical staff and taken inside on a cart before traveling to the hospital.

"It's just one of those things – you have freak injuries," Beason said. "I was just changing directions. I would say that the movement was a little unorthodox, I was flexing with the big toe in the ground and then I pivoted on it all the way around. It's a movement that I often do that allows me to come in and out of my breaks faster. I literally felt like I stepped in like a sprinkler head hole. I just felt it give right away, so the next step I knew I couldn't put the foot down.

The Giants will hope for the best, but there is a growing fear that this injury is yet another in a series of injuries that have somewhat derailed a very promising career. Starting his career with three Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro honors his first four seasons in Carolina, Beason spent the majority of his 2011 and 2012 seasons on injured reserve with Achilles and knee injuries.

Carolina would eventually decide to trade Beason to the Giants last season, with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly manning Beason's favored position in the middle and Beason losing his starting role on the outside to the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI hero Chase Blackburn.

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