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Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:00 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The lockout was supposed to ravage NFL teams with injuries during the preseason. That didn't happen, but Week 1's been rough going for NFL teams injury-wise. The Panthers are the latest victim, as they lost All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason for the year thanks to a torn Achilles.

The worst part? Beason tore the Achilles while chasing down super-slow tight end (and former Panther) Jeff King as he rumbled for a 48-yard touchdown in the Panthers 28-21 loss to Arizona Sunday.

"I've got to give Jon credit. He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. "It's just a shame thing. It's a freak thing. He's a warrior and I'll take those guys seven days a week."

Actually, the worst part is probably that Beason was rushed back -- Beason had surgery on his Achilles just a few weeks ago and, as my colleague Ryan Wilson noted then, was jeopardizing his consecutive-start streak by doing so.

Now that start streak is completely out the window, as Beason

"You can pretty much imagine what it’s going to be like to lose a leader like Jon," said Carolina outside linebacker Thomas Davis, via Steve Reed of "He's a guy who comes in day-in and day-out and gives you everything he has. It’s going to be extremely tough for us. But we have some guys who have to step up now."

The guy who will be asked to fill Beason's shoes is Dan Connor, a guy who saw a ton of playing time last year and who's a capable run-stopper. He's not nearly the player Beason is, of course, so the loss remains tremendous for the Panthers in terms of their defense being able to do what Rivera wants it to.

And the need to get Beason back by Week 1 -- clearly a concern -- suddenly looms like a large mistake.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:47 pm

Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

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Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:31 pm

Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

It's a definite loos for the Panthers and football.  A great football player, but also a good guy and a gentleman.  He's always approachable at the Training facilty in Spartanburg and is great with the fans.  He was wrongfully accused in a civil suit of punching a man Charlotte, which Jon won in a countersuit. The low life idiot  who brought on the suit was arrested about a week after the civil trial ended.  Unfortunately, people in the spot light such as Jon are guilty until proven innocent.  Jon Beason is what's right about professional sports and the NFL.  I hope this warrior comes back stronger than ever in 2012. 

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:04 pm

Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

Losing Jon Beason is the biggest loss of the season that the Panthers could have had.  He was the the heart and soul of the Panthers defense.  It would be the same equivalency to the team as the Ravens losing Ray Lewis.  I'm not saying he's Ray Lewis, so calm down.  I'm saying he means the same to his defense.  In the end Carolina will still be terrible, but having Beason would have helped loads down the road.  Sorry to see him with a season ending injury. 

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:31 pm

Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

He was not fully healthy before the preseason started. So it was very surprising to see him play the season opening game. Did the Panthers even bothered to evaluate him before the game started. If he is fit to play full contact and that he is fully healed from a previous injury before the season started.

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