The prognosis is for a recovery time of 12 weeks, which would bump up against the start of the Giants regular season opener September 8 in Detroit.
Beason was injured covering a pass play at the Giants' next-to-last OTA Thursday at QDTC when he pulled up lame.
“It’s just one of those things – you have freak injuries,” Beason said. “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 time-frame is about the same, but it’s not season-ending, so I’m happy about that.”
The Giants, however, are anything but happy right now. They inked Beason to run their defense pretty much like he did the second half of last season. He wears the headset, he gets everyone set up, he makes the calls and he usually makes the tackles.
The team has other options until Beason can return. Mark Herzlich, free agent Jameel McClain and rookie Devon Kennard have all been mentioned as possible fill-ins. I wouldn't bank on Herzlich or McClain getting the most reps. The Giants seem to like Kennard a lot, and he is the one who has the best skill set for the job.
As for Beason, I am uneasy about his 12 week timetable and his potential effectiveness when he returns.
Foot injuries and football don't mix. The injury usually lingers for the whole season. Even if the player does not re-injure the foot, they always seem to play more tentatively. The missed training camp will set Beason back in other areas as well. If he can't use the foot for the better part of three months, he's going to take a few weeks to get back to game shape, so we're looking at him possibly being less than 100 percent for the first half of the season.