New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has been diagnosed with a ligament tear and small fracture in his right foot a day after he was carted off the field during OTAs.
Beason and the Giants will seek further examinations and explore different treatment methods before any final decisions are made, but the middle linebacker’s status for the start of the season is now uncertain.
New York re-signed Beason this offseason to a three-year, $16.8 million deal. He played 12 games with the Giants in 2013 after he was acquired from the Panthers for a late-round draft pick. He recorded 93 tackles with the G-Men, good enough for second on the team.
However, Beason has had a history of injuries, which ultimately led to his decline in Carolina. The 29-year-old missed all but one game in 2011 with a torn Achilles tendon and also missed 12 games in 2012.
If Beason is not ready by the time the season opener rolls around, New York may find themselves in a heap of trouble. The Giants have Mark Herzlich and fifth-round draft pick Devon Kennard as potential backups. Herzlich has struggled in the past when has been forced to play an extended role and Kennard, out of USC, is an unproven rookie.
More importantly, the Giants will need to replace Beason’s leadership on the field. Although, he joined the team during the season, Beason quickly turned into a leader and made quite an impression on his teammates. The Giants are already dealing with the departure of Justin Tuck, so Beason’s absence could really be devastating.
It’s been a rough recent few weeks for the Giants between suspensions and now Beason’s injury. New York will have some time to experiment with replacements while Beason tries to heal. As quickly as possible.