Middle linebacker Jon Beason, who last season finally made it back to the field after two consecutive soft tissue injuries, was injured during the Giants’ OTA workout today.
The injury occurred when Beason was covering a pass play from quarterback Eli Manning to receiver Rueben Randle. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that Beason was running across the field when he suddenly felt something in his right foot,
Beason was then helped to the sideline by safety Stevie Brown where trainers attended to the 29-year-old linebacker. Ultimately, he was carted off the field for further evaluation, and was believed to have been sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for tests.
Coughlin, who initially said Beason’s injury was to the bottom of the foot later corrected himself by saying he didn’t know where the injury occurred within the foot.
Beason has a history with injuries. In 2011, then a member of the Carolina Panthers, he suffered a ruptured Achilles.
In 2012, Beason had season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee.
After his in-season trade to the Giants last October, Beason played in 11 games, all as a starter. He finished with 98 total tackles, the second most on the team behind safety Antrel Rolle, and had one interception.
A potential loss of Beason, who last year seemed to fall into a leadership role almost instantly, for any period could be devastating to the Giants, according to Coughlin.
“Because of the nature of the player, the man, his attitude, what he brings to the table, his leadership skills, very important,” he said when asked about Beason.
Beason, a former Pro Bowler, is entering his eighth year in the NFL. He signed a three-year, $16.8 million free agent contract which included more than $6 million in guaranteed money earlier this year.
Beason becomes the third major player in as many years to be struck down during the OTAs, which are non-contact by nature.
In 2012, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke his foot, and injury from which he never really recovered once the season began.
Last year, fullback Henry Hynoski suffered a chip fracture of the lateral plateau in his left knee and a torn MCL. While he fought his way back from that injury, Hynoski would soon be lost to the team early in Week 3 when he suffered a fractured left shoulder.
Regardless of Beason’s diagnosis, he’s probably done for the spring. Stay tuned for updates.