New York Giants starting middle linebacker Jon Beason is reportedly out for 12 weeks with a sesamoid fracture in his right foot, requiring surgery. The injury came during OTAs on Thursday.
Kim Jones of NFL Network broke the news on twitter:
NYG LB Jon Beason has sesamoid fracture in right foot. Surgery required. Expected 12 week recovery, according to someone aware of diagnosis.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) June 13, 2014
Beason arrived from the Carolina Panthers in a trade last year. His arrival made big difference in the center of the defense, and the Giants finally had a strong veteran presence. In his 12 games with the Giants he had 93 tackles and an interception.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said via New York Daily News that Beason is “very important. Because of the nature of the player, the man, the attitude, what he brings to the table, the leadership skills, (he’s) very important.”
Beason’s strong impression earned him a three-year, $16.8 million contract in March, despite his injury history, which includes tearing his left Achilles in 2011.
Now, the Giants may have to scramble a bit to find his replacement.
Mark Herzlich is the next in line on the depth chart. Herzlich, once touted as a potential first-round selection out of Boston College, was diagnosed with cancer and became a long shot in the league. He defied the odds and made the Giants roster as an undrafted free agent. However, he has accounted for only 62 tackles in his three seasons with the team.