Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a small sesamoid fracture and a ligament tear in his right foot, the team announced.
The 29-year-old Beason, who left yesterday’s OTA workout about midway on a cart after needing to be helped off the field after injuring himself defending pass play.
He underwent X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan, where he received his diagnosis from team physician Dr. Russell Warren and HSS foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley.
“It’s just one of those things – you have freak injuries,” Beason said in a statement released by the team. “I was just changing directions. I would say that the movement was a little unorthodox, I was flexing with the big toe in the ground and then I pivoted on it all the way around. It’s a movement that I often do that allows me to come in and out of my breaks faster. I literally felt like I stepped in like a sprinkler head hole. I just felt it give right away, so the next step I knew I couldn’t put the foot down.
“I had a bad feeling. I really felt that I that I had torn the extensor, which is the tendon with the muscle, it’s how your big toe functions. That would have been season-ending. So at least now there’s a procedure, possibly. We haven’t decided if it’s something that’s invasive or something that you just kind of let heal on its own. The timeframe is about the same, but it’s not season-ending, so I’m happy about that.”
On Monday, Beason will meet with Dr. Robert Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., the same doctor who performed the surgery on quarterback Eli Manning’s ankle in April and who also performed the procedure on Beason’s torn Achilles when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.
“He knows my body,” Beason said. “I think the world of him. I was impartial to doing it here with Dr. O’Malley, but I think they wanted to make me feel comfortable to go down there and get a second opinion. He wants to do some more tests to determine what he thinks is best and then those two will sit down and figure out the best plan for me.
“I’m prepared for (their decision). I know what I have to do and I’m going to do it well. I’m certain that we’ll get the result we need. I’m in good hands, the proper methodology, and it should work and then you go from there. It’s easy when you’re driven, you have a goal in mind and that’s to play on the opener and obviously be the best player I can be to help this organization win, help my teammates win and to have a successful season. That’s it.”
While there has been no period established for Beason’s return—NFL Network’s Kim Jones reported that the expected recovery period would be about 12 weeks—he’s all but certain to miss training camp, and could miss a game or two to start the season, though he’s hoping that won’t be the case.
“The prognosis is X amount of time and it (the Sept. 8 opener) is within that timeframe,” Beason said. “I expect to be back (for that game). If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 (games played), maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.”
With Beason sidelined, Jameel McClain will likely move to the middle in his place, with Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger serving as the two outside linebackers in the base package.
The Giants are also trying to bring rookie fifth-round draft pick Devon Kennard along in the middle, and have Mark Herzlich and undrafted rookie Dan Fox competing for playing time as well.