The Headlines are everywhere:
- Jon Beason carted off field during Giants OTA practice with foot injury(nj.com)
- Jon Beason carted off field at Giants OTAs (profootballtalk.com)
- Jon Beason carted off field at New York Giants practice(nfl.com)
- Jon Beason Injury: Giants’ middle linebacker suffers foot injury during OTA (bigblueview.com)
Uh oh. Giants’ middle linebacker Jon Beason was carted off the practice field this morning with an apparent right foot injury. Per an update from the New York Daily News, Tom Coughlin said Beason “felt something in the bottom of his foot”, but offered no further details. With just two OTA workouts remaining, this could be an awful break for Beason and the Giants. While the severity is unclear at this point, his injury history doesn’t leave much room for optimism.
Uh oh is right Adam, yesterday, I wrote an article about Mark Herzlich and his attention from outside the gridiron. It was titled:
Today, Giants fans might find that topic a little more relevant. If the Giants can’t find an upgrade out of the shallow NFL free agent linebacker pool, then someone like Herzlich will have to step up and answer the Giant call of duty. Or the Giants can maybe put in a call to Kawika Mitchell, he’s only 34. Perhaps LaVar Arrington is ready for another Giants run eight years later, he’s only 35.
No, no, no… it’s much better if someone in house steps it up versus a desperation call to the NFL nursing home filled with 30-somethings’, who still possess NFL dreams and desires like teenagers. It doesn’t just go away.
For the New York Football Giants, having another Giant down is brutal. Jon Beason is a man with 509 NFL tackles under his belt. His leadership is valuable to a team like the Giants devoid of playmakers at the middle level. Once upon a time the Jints featured Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and some of the best linebacker play in the history of the NFL under the Bill’s (Parcells and Bellichick in the ’80s.) Now the Giants feature a roster with this as their LB corps:
49 Adkins, Spencer LB/ 5-11 - 236/ 27/ 4 - Miami 46 Anderson, Justin LB/ 6-2 - 232/ 23/ R - Louisana 47 Fox, Dan LB/ 6-3 - 233 - N/A – R - Notre Dame 58 Herzlich, Mark LB/ 6-4 - 246/ 26/ 4 - Boston College 59 Kennard, Devon LB/ 6-3 - 251/ 22/ R - USC 53 McClain, Jameel LB/ 6-1 - 245/ 28/ 7 - Syracuse 54 Paysinger, Spencer LB/ 6-2 - 236/ 25/ 4 - Oregon 57 Williams, Jacquian LB/ 6-3 - 224/ 25/ 4 - South Florida
Dan Fox is an interesting guy, a friend and former colleague of mine, Jake Arthur, did an interview with Fox back in February with Indy Sports report titled:
JA: Overall, what would you tell an NFL team that you can add to their team?
DF: Effort and enthusiasm. I would go to practice everyday with a sense of purpose and that is to get better. I understand this is a job and that people’s livelihoods are on the line.
Probably the most interesting thing about Dan Fox is that you can’t find his birthday on the internet. Go ahead, try, I dare you. But birthday aside, the kid has the right attitude and the entire interview makes you feel like the Giants may have a gem. But gems aren’t something that come around New York very often. Not everyone can be Victor Cruz and Mark Herzlich, UDFA/Super Bowl champions.
The lastest news on Jon Beason is too stay tuned, from Giants.com in their piece featuring news from today’s OTA’s:
The Giants continue to be cautious with rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is dealing with a sore hamstring. The first-round draft choice did not participate in practice, while linebacker Jon Beason had to leave with a foot injury. Stay logged on to Giants.com for more information.
Generally, when news isn’t immediate about an injury, there tends to be more testing required. Sometimes it’s good news, but often times it signifies that the player will be out for a while. If Jon Beason isn’t ready to go for the season, can they rely on guys like Dan Fox and Mark Herzlich to step it up? Or are the Giants going to have to turn to names like:
All of the above names are either aging, rehabilitating or far from football conditioning . Big Blue Nation, as was the message of Giants.com, GMEN HQ simply says… Stay tuned.