The New York Giants suffered a devastating blow Thursday during OTA’s, as starting middle linebacker Jon Beason went down with a foot injury. It is a big blow for the Giants, as Beason will be sidelined for at least 12 weeks with a small fracture to his sesamoid and a ligament tear. The Beason injury continues a troubling trend of offseason injuries for the Giants.
Beason, who the Giants traded for from the Carolina Panthers last season, was a godsend for Big Blue. He was second on the team with 93 tackles, even though he did not start until the sixth game of the season against the Chicago Bears. Beason expects to be back and ready to go for Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, but with an injury of this nature and someone with the injury history of Beason, it is not a guarantee. Beason missed all but one game in 2011 because of a torn Achilles tendon, and only played in four game in 2012 after having microfracture knee surgery.
Beason is just the most recent player to suffer a major injury during the offseason program for the Giants. Last season, the Giants lost not one, but two starters in Stevie Brown and Andre Brown. S. Brown was lost for the whole season to an ACL tear, throwing the Giants defensive backfield for a loop. A. Brown suffered a broken leg to the same leg for the second consecutive season, ruining the Giants rushing game. His broken leg coupled with David Wilson’s neck injury crippled the run game to a point of no return. They were never able to get back on track.
Early in the offseason that year, the Giants lost fullback Henry Hynoski as well. Hynoski injured his leg, requiring left knee surgery to repair his MCL and a chip fracture that occurred to his lateral plateau. Once he recovered from that, he suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him out for whatever remained of the regular season.
In 2012, the Giants lost cornerback Brian Witherspoon, a reserve, for the season with an ACL tear. He was not the biggest injury, as Hakeem Nicks suffered a broken right foot during OTA’s in 2012. It was an injury that Nicks was never able to fully recover from, as his performance was still being hampered by it in 2013, when Nicks failed to receive a touchdown. Going into the 2012 season Nicks looked to be well on his way to becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL – how quickly times change.
The Beason injury this season is yet another injury that will have a huge impact on the Giants. He is the heart and soul of the Giants defense performance wise and leadership wise along with Antrel Rolle. He will be missed on the field and in the locker room. Hopefully he is back on the field sooner rather than later because the Giants cannot afford to be without a main piece for too long.