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Giants' Beason does not need surgery, season opener still in doubt

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Michael Eisen of Giants.com reported last week that New York Football Giants' middle linebacker Jon Beason will not require surgery to repair a foot injury sustained in organized team activities (OTAs) two weeks ago. The diagnosis came after Beason met with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. on June 16. Anderson is a noted orthopedic doctor, who recently handled the debridement procedure on Eli Manning's injured ankle. Beason is probably quite familiar with Anderson as well, since the noted surgeon serves as team doctor for the Carolina Panthers.

The fact that Beason does not require surgery apparently will not speed up his recovery time from the initial 12 week diagnosis given by the team when he was first injured. At this point in the NFL calendar, the G-men will be fortunate to get Beason back for the season opener with Detroit on September 8.

According to Eisen, "Beason does not require surgery to repair the ligament tear and small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot that he sustained last week. That decision was made on [June 16], after Beason was examined by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte. After the exam and a review of Beason’s MRI, X-Rays and CT scan, it was determined that Beason’s foot will be immobilized for six weeks (three weeks in a cast and three in a walking boot) as the first step in his rehabilitation."

In his absence, free agent acquisition Jameel McClain has been taking repetitions at the middle linebacker position, but the team will certainly miss Beason's presence in the huddle. When Beason came to Big Blue in an October 2013 trade with the Carolina Panthers, he seemed to solidify the defensive unit. With defensive captain Justin Tuck now in Oakland, Beason was being counted upon to assume Tuck's leadership role with the defense.

Beason is a former All Pro, who suffered through a few injury plagued season with the Panthers before being traded to New York for a seventh round draft pick in 2013. The former University of Miami Hurricane was second on the Giants with 93 tackles last year, despite only playing in 12 games.

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