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Jon Beason says Panthers are protecting him from himself at OTAs

Ron Rivera, Thomas Davis, Jon Beason AP

Carolina linebacker Jon Beason is most of the way back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Week One of last season, but he’s not all the way back. And because of that, the Panthers are forcing him to take it easy at Organized Team Activities.

Beason says he showed up to OTAs expecting to do everything, but the medical staff has restricted what he can do.

I think they’re just protecting me from myself,” Beason told the Charlotte Observer. “Practice is practice. But to me you come out and compete. You try to win every down and you play the game a certain way. I think that had a lot to do with it, too.”

Ideally, the Panthers would like to have Thomas Davis starting at strong side linebacker, Beason in the middle and first-round rookie Luke Kuechly starting on the weak side. But Beason isn’t all the way back just yet, and Davis still has a ways to go in recovery from his third ACL injury. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Beason is further along than Davis.

“I’d like to believe when we get to training camp, we can put Jon in full-go at that point, and Thomas, we’ll ease him back in,” Rivera said.

Easing injured players back in is the wise course of action, even if it’s not always what the players themselves want.

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8 Responses to “Jon Beason says Panthers are protecting him from himself at OTAs”
  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    here’s to hoping carolina actually has a defense take the field this year. surely alex smith could lead this panthers team to 13 wins, according to alex smith and nutty niner fans.

    i digress…

  2. flapjackdaddy says: May 24, 2012 4:16 PM

    What about LB James Anderson? He was the 6th leading tackler in the NFL in 2011?

    No, the plan is to play Anderson at strong, Beason in the middle and Kuechly at weak, and have Thomas Davis rotate in on passing downs.

    Davis, afterall, is coming off his 3rd right ACL tear, so I don’t think they are even counting on him at all…which is they way you have to play it when the guy has had 3 ACLs in the same knee.

  3. pantherparty says: May 24, 2012 4:58 PM

    I agree. Anderson is strong side, 100%. Davis is considered gravy if he can get on the field.

  4. kepickle says: May 24, 2012 5:15 PM

    Thomas Davis will enter OTA’s & Training Camp as a backup OLB & LB James Anderson will start at strong side LB
    any real Panther Fan knows that If your a Panther Fan & don’t know it your not keeping up to stuff

  5. realnflmaster says: May 24, 2012 5:33 PM

    Lol this guy and the other LB have silly putty for knee ligaments. It’s hilarious.

  6. sawasta says: May 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    There’s a youtube video out of Beason doing drills at full speed. I’d say he’s pretty good to go.

  7. qdog112 says: May 24, 2012 6:47 PM

    If you don’t know, ask somebody. James Anderson was #6 in tackles last year and is projected to start along with Beason and Kuechly.

  8. patmcrotch says: May 25, 2012 2:00 AM

    I wasn’t aware the achilles was in the knee. Realnflmaster lol.

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