Panthers likely to stick with Beason at middle linebacker

Kimie Bunyasaranand
Tuesday October 9th, 2012

Jon Beason Jon Beason will likely return as the Panthers' middle linebacker for Week 7. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

When Jon Beason returns to the Panthers lineup in Week 7, he'll be back at middle linebacker, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer. The three-time Pro-Bowler missed Sunday's game against the Seahawks with shoulder and knee injuries; he said he aimed to stay in the middle when he returns after the bye week:

“That’s what’s been communicated to me, so I’m sticking with that,” Beason said Monday. “I’ve been playing the Mike thus far, and I don’t anticipate anything different.”

Rookie Luke Kuechly started in Beason's place and had one of his best games with 11 tackles and an interception. Kuechly, a first-round draft pick out of Boston College, set NCAA tackling records as a middle linebacker but said he doesn't mind moving to the weakside where he played before Beason's injury:

"“Nah,” Kuechly said. “We’ll see what happens in the bye week. It doesn’t really matter too much to me.”
Beason holds the Panthers' top three single-season records in tackles. He suffered a season-ending injury to his Achilles during Week 1 of 2011 and has had nagging injuries throughout the first few weeks of 2012.

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