New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason said Tuesday that it's currently 50-50 whether he will be shut down to have surgery. The veteran is currently visiting a specialist in Charlotte to determine how to proceed with the foot injury that has hampered him all season.
Beason also said that he's "playing without a critical ligament" in his big toe.
Beason is currently visiting a specialist in Charlotte to determine how to proceed with the foot injury that has hampered all season. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday surgery wasn't initially an option for Beason but that now the team would "have to wait and see."
The linebacker originally injured his foot during OTAs in June, sustaining a torn ligament and a fractured sesamoid bone. He missed all of training camp but returned to start the Giants' first two games before re-aggravating the injury.
Beason, who came to the Giants in a trade with the Carolina Panthers last season, has just 11 tackles this season. New York has replaced him in its lineup by moving outside linebacker Jameel McClain to the middle and bringing Mark Herzlich off the bench to take the spot of McClain.
The Giants' defense has also been hurt by the injuries to cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who has dealt with a hamstring injury for several weeks as well as recent back spasms. The offseason signing played sparingly in the loss to the Cowboys.
The Giants currently rank 25th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 384.4 yards per game. The team is 3-4 this season and has a bye this week.
- Ben Estes