Posted by Ryan Wilson
Injuries are not only jeopardizing the likelihood some players will be on the field to start the season, they're are also consecutive-game streaks that could be snapped, too.
The most obvious example: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is still recovering from offseason neck surgery, has made 227 consecutive starts. Then there's linebacker Jon Beason, less prominent, but an integral part of the Panthers defense nonetheless. He underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.
Beason signed a five-year, $52 million extension the day before training camp, and has played in all 64 games since the Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.
The hope, like Manning and the Colts, is that he'll be ready by Week 1.
"We're still hoping for the opener," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "It was to alleviate the discomfort. As he goes through the rehab portion of it these next few days, then we'll see how he is has he's running around."
The Panthers' Week 1 opponent? The Arizona Cardinals, who are hoping to have one of their best defenders back in time for the game, too.
No word on whether team owner Jerry Richardson has questioned Beason about tats, jewelry or haircuts.
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