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It’s been almost a month since the media as a group last heard from middle linebacker Jon Beason, the only Giant who is on the PUP list.
Beason, who is recovering from a broken foot suffered in during OTAs in June, has been on the field with the team every day, standing on the sideline watching when he hasn’t been off to the side working with a trainer.
Otherwise, he’s believed to have been hard at work rehabbing his foot so that he can be on the field for the Sept. 8 opener.
While Beason has a lot of reasons to be on the field for opening night—per Over the Cap, he’s due to earn a per-game active-roster bonus of $46,785—there is still some trepidation on the part of the coaches regarding whether the eighth-year linebacker’s goal is realistic.
“I’m optimistic, but I don’t know,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, adding that he hasn’t personally seen anything to damper the optimism the coaches had about Beason’s initial timetable.
“He’s not there until they tell me he’s there; I have to plan accordingly,” added linebackers coach Jim Herrmann, who confirmed that Beason is in all of the defensive and positional meetings.
“I’ll plan as if he’s not going to be there, and then when he’s there, he’s there.”
The good news is that Beason, who will at some point be removed from the active PUP list before the final roster cut down date, was sprinting on a treadmill, according to Paul Dottino of WFAN. He’s also been spotted on a back field jogging under the watchful eye of a trainer.
Art Stapleton of The Record reports that the linebacker is still on schedule for a Week 1 return and is focused on limiting next day soreness and finding the right orthotics to protect his foot.
However, running straight ahead is one thing; what Beason and the trainers need to determine is if he can change direction without any issues. Once he reaches that milestone, then it becomes a matter of probably a week or two before he makes his way back to the playing field.
"It's coming along," Beason told Dan Graziano of ESPN. "We still have time. I'm just trying to listen to the staff, who I trust, and trying to listen to my body. But we are playing on Monday night and it's still a little over three weeks before the game, so a lot can happen between now and then."