While suffering an injury is never a good thing, the severity and the timing can make all the difference in terms of whether a player has a chance to contribute in a season.
That’s the position that middle linebacker Jon Beason, who suffered a fractured sesamoid bone and ligament tear in his right foot last month during an OTA practice, is currently in.
The original prognosis for Beason, who didn’t need surgery to repair the injury, was supposed to be three weeks in a cast and three weeks in an orthopedic boot.
Based on when the injury occurred (June 12) and the prognosis provided by the team, Beason would have been scheduled to come out of an orthopedic boot this coming week.
The good news is that he’s apparently ahead of schedule. Beason, who is the only Giant on the PUP list, not only is out of the boot, but also was able to stand on the side during the team’s conditioning drills held on the first day of camp.
Although Beason didn’t participate in the team’s conditioning drills, he told Newsday’s Tom Rock that he remains optimistic about his chances of being ready for the start of the 2014 regular season.
“We’re hitting all those benchmarks in terms of the prognosis. It’s getting better and better every day.”
While there was never a question if Beason’s stay on the PUP list would be a short one, a big question he’ll still need to answer is whether he can hit the ground running once he is cleared to return to football.
Beason seems to think he will be. “I’ve had seasons where I didn’t have any training camp and I went out there and got busy right away,” he told Rock.
Given that other injured Giants before Beason expressed similar optimism following an offseason injury only to struggle physically, seeing might very well be believing.
Even Beason acknowledged that there’s still some time before he can get to the point where he wants to be, telling Rock, “I feel fine right now, but then again, I know that I’m not ready to go full speed and change direction and tackle people.”
When he is ready for that, his return will be a huge boost for the Giants defense.