Giants’ Jon Beason Targets NFL Opener After Foot Injury

New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason said he plans to be back for the first game of the regular season after tearing a ligament and suffering a small fracture in his right foot during an offseason practice session.

Beason, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who re-signed with the Giants in March for $19 million over three years, called it a “freak injury” that occurred yesterday when he was changing directions and pivoted on his big toe.

Beason will undergo further examination and review his injury with Carolina Panthers team orthopedist Martin O’Malley, a foot and ankle specialist, in North Carolina this week before deciding the next steps in his rehabilitation. Beason said the initial timeframe for recovery would allow him to return for the Giants’ Sept. 8 season-opener against Detroit.

“I expect to be back” against the Lions, said Beason, who played with the Panthers from 2007-13 before joining the Giants. “If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 games, maybe it’s 15 or 14.”

Beason, who had 93 tackles over 12 games in his first season with the Giants in 2013, is considered a leading candidate to replace Justin Tuck as a defensive captain.

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