Over the past two seasons, Carolina Panthers stud linebacker Jon Beason has only suited up for a total of five games. Health has been an issue for the 28-year old, but after microfracture surgery on his knee this offseason he has made a return to practice.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection will definitely be an emotional boost for the team, so says head coach Ron Rivera. Beason “moved very well” in practice Tuesday, according to Rivera and that is certainly a positive sign for the defense.
The defense just hasn’t been the same since Beason started dealing with the injuries that kept him out 27 games over the past two seasons. Beason is one of the better linebackers in the entire NFL when healthy, and if he can return to form the Panthers are in luck.
Beason’s status is up in the air for the Panthers’ third preseason game Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, said Rivera. It will all depend on how he feels after practice. I know that Carolina fans are pulling for the fact that he feels fantastic — I know I sure am too.
Over his first four seasons with the Panthers, Beason finished with no less than 120 tackles in each year. He also has nine career interceptions and 31 passes defensed. Not having played much between 2011-2013 may prove to result in a bit of rust, but if Beason can stay on the field I don’t see why he couldn’t become the guy he once was.
Keep an eye out for his status in Thursday night’s matchup. We should have an update the day of the game as soon as Rivera makes the call.