New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason was a crucial in-season acquisition last year, giving the Giants an important leader on the defensive side of the ball. While he isn’t a star anymore, the former Carolina Panther was a nifty upgrade for the Giants and has the ability to play at middle linebacker or on either outside position. Currently dealing with a foot injury, Beason remains on track to return in time for the team’s Week 1 opener against the Detroit Lions, but the Giants aren’t going to risk a key, injury-prone starter in the preseason.
According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, Beason “worked aggressively” through drills yesterday, though he, of course, still remains on the active/PUP list after suffering a ligament tear and fracturing a bone in his foot. The 29-year-old Miami product is looking to make his return before the start of the regular season, but I hope the Giants hold off on that. He’s one of the last players who needs preseason reps, and they need to make sure he’s 100%. They can’t have him going into the season not fully healed from a significant foot injury, because they need him in for the long haul of a grueling season with their sights set on big things after an active offseason.
Beason stated that he believes he’s “really close”, and Samuel writes that the Giants could allow him to practice “in the coming weeks”. He stated that it’s “highly unlikely” for the Giants to allow Beason to play in the preseason finale, so that’s reassuring to hear.
Samuel also reports that rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. nearly suffered yet another injury in yesterday’s practice, which could have been another disappointing blow to the team’s first-round pick. Beckham aggravated a hamstring injury in training camp that he suffered earlier in the offseason, and those types of injuries are easy to re-aggravate and linger. Thankfully, “a team spokesman insisted” to Samuel that Beckham Jr. is “fine”, as he was observed pulling up “lame”. He left practice and did not return, but it’s good to hear that he’s fine. With his ability to win anywhere on the field, OBJ is going to be an integral part of Ben McAdoo’s quick-hitting offense, even if he is the No. 3 guy on the depth chart.