When Jon Beason tore a ligament and broke a bone in his right foot last week, team officials and fans feared the worse. It looked like the middle linebacker that provided such a spark to the Giants' defense last season could miss Week 1 in 2014.
Good news came on Tuesday, however, and it now appears as though Beason will be ready for the start of the upcoming season as long as he avoids further injury. Dr. Robert Anderson, a Foot and Ankle Specialist, examined Beason on Monday and found that the linebacker's injuries do not require surgery. Instead, he'll keep the foot immobilized for six weeks as the first step of rehabilitation.
Beason was happy with Dr. Anderson's findings.
"My visit with Dr. Anderson went as well as it could have yesterday," said Beason. "I'm happy that it was determined that I will be able to recover without surgery. My plan is to work as hard as I can during my rehab so I can be fully recovered around the start of the regular season opener on Monday night in Detroit."
The Giants acquired Beason via a trade with Carolina a quarter of the way though the 2014 season, and the move paid immediate dividends. The seven-year veteran made 93 tackles in 12 games with New York and provided stability and leadership to both run and pass defense.
With the Giants adding just Jameel McClain to the linebacking corps in major free agency, the team is once again depending on Beason to be a force at the middle linebacker position. If he's able to get over this recent foot injury in time to begin the season in the starting lineup, it will be a big boost for the Giants. After starting the 2013 campaign 0-6, they'll no doubt be eager to get off to a more auspicious start this September.