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Beason suffered a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot during an OTA workout on June 12. He hasn’t practiced with the team since, but has been diligently rehabbing on his own. Beason’s goal has always been to face the Lions and with that game just three weeks away, he is intensifying his workouts.
“I feel like I’m really close, but I have to go out and do it and I want to test it,” Beason said. “That’s going to confirm it for me. Obviously, we play a lot of games on turf. Turf is more rigid than grass, and we practice on grass, so it’s going to feel really good on grass.”
A key to Beason’s return is his footwear. He is wearing customized orthotics and a size 13 cleat, a half-size larger than he did previously.
“You don’t realize how important your feet are, but it’s really everything, right?” Beason said. “A little toe can slow you down going through the process of getting the orthotics, making the adjustment – ‘Oh, that doesn’t feel too good, that feels too soft, that’s too rigid, how’s the tape job? We’re going to tape it this way, are we going to go to a bigger cleat, a smaller cleat, is the toe box too wide, is it too narrow?’ We’ve been playing with it and trying to come up with the perfect equation of what’s going to help me play on the field, and we’re getting really close.
“Today, I think we got it down. We’re going to go out and do some stuff and see how it feels.”
Beason has demonstrated his resolve in the past in coming back from serious injuries. When he was with Carolina in 2011, he tore his Achilles tendon in the season opener and missed the remainder of the season. The following year, he started the first four games before left shoulder and right knee injuries ended his season. Beason returned to start 13 games last season, including 11 with the Giants.
“I think, first, it starts off mentally,” Beason said. “You have to have confidence in the surgeon and you have to listen to the people around you who know best about what’s going to happen when you get out on the field. But for me personally, I know what I’m capable of in terms of the way I move, how I react, the agility side of it, how fast I can do something. To everyone else, it might look great. To me, I might say, ‘Hey I’m a little hobbled there, I should be faster, I should be in better shape, I should’ve made that play,’ so you do a good job of covering up.”
Although he feels better and is targeting the Detroit game, it’s unlikely Beason will play in either of the final two preseason games. That leads to the question, does he need a week of practice to be ready to face the Lions?
“I don’t know if I need the practice,” he said. “It’s good to kind of spin the wheels a little bit, get out there and oiled up. I would love to have a full training camp and four dress rehearsals, or five dress rehearsals, but unfortunately that’s not going to be the case. Either way, I expect to go out and be myself and play well and help my team win.”