It was once believed that New York Giants veteran middle linebacker Jon Beason would need surgery on a torn ligament and broken bone in his foot after injuring it at practice last week, and his timetable for a return was set at 12 weeks, which would likely cause him to miss the beginning of the season. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has unsurprisingly given no concrete information, but we have received a key update from the Giants official site.
While it doesn’t look like that rough three-month timetable will change for Beason, the good news is that the injury-prone 29-year-old (he played in just five combined games in the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Carolina Panthers before playing in 15 last season after being traded during the year to the Giants) will not need surgery this offseason.
Per the Giants, Beason does indeed have a small fracture to his sesamoid in his right foot and a ligament tear, but the famed Dr. Robert Anderson looked over everything and decided that surgery isn’t necessary. We’ll see how Beason progresses in his recovery, and he’ll be in a cast or walking boot for six weeks.
Beason said, “My visit with Dr. Anderson went as well as it could have yesterday. 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.”
Last season, Beason had 104 tackles and was an instant difference-maker on the Giants defense due to the upgrade he presented, his ability to rack up tackles all over the field, and his excellent leadership ability. His intangibles were the real boost for the Giants, because he has lost a few steps from his days of stardom due to injuries.