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August 24, 2011

Beason undergoes surgery on Achilles; consecutive games streak in jeopardy?

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday to address the Achilles tendinitis that has sidelined the three-time Pro Bowler throughout the preseason.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera characterized the surgery as a "minor procedure that's going to set him back about a week."

Beason, who signed a five-year, $52 million contract extension on the eve of training camp, has never missed a regular-season game -- a streak of 64 games. The Panthers are hopeful their defensive captain will be ready for the Sept. 11 opener at Arizona.

"We're still hoping for the opener," Rivera said today. "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."

In other news ...

--Quarterback Jimmy Clausen is questionable for Thursday's game at Cincinnati due to soreness in his throwing elbow, which he bruised last week against the Dolphins. If Clausen can't play, free agent pick-up Derek Anderson will play the fourth quarter in relief of rookie Cam Newton.

--Defensive end Greg Hardy, back after missing four weeks following a motorcycle crash, also is questionable.

--In addition to Beason, the following players are out: OT Jeff Otah (knee), OL Geoff Schwartz (hip), RB Mike Goodson (Achilles), and OT Lee Ziemba (concussion).

-- Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, continuing what seems to be a new policy of being more open with the media, appeared on "The Charlie Rose Show," and you can see his appearance here.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

Comments

This bothers me because who do you replace the Beas with when the season starts, Dan "the Man" Connor or Omar "the Charlotte Native" Gaither? I know Connor was solid last year in running plays but he was suspect during passing plays with his lack of speed to recover.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Aug 24, 2011 12:00:43 PM

This bothers me because who do you replace the Beas with when the season starts, Dan "the Man" Connor or Omar "the Charlotte Native" Gaither? I know Connor was solid last year in running plays but he was suspect during passing plays with his lack of speed to recover.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Aug 24, 2011 12:00:43 PM

This bothers me because who do you replace the Beas with when the season starts, Dan "the Man" Connor or Omar "the Charlotte Native" Gaither? I know Connor was solid last year in running plays but he was suspect during passing plays with his lack of speed to recover.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Aug 24, 2011 12:00:44 PM

the good drafting of 01-07, has been pretty poor from 08-present

Posted by: john | Aug 24, 2011 12:11:55 PM

This relly does not matter without DT to plug the hole in the middle.

Posted by: Real Panther | Aug 24, 2011 12:16:27 PM

I meant really.

Posted by: Real Panther | Aug 24, 2011 12:16:59 PM

Otah is out again. Huh....

Posted by: FindingTheTruth | Aug 24, 2011 12:17:17 PM

Otah needs to just cut off his leg from the knee down and replace it with a fake one. We'd be better off since this clown hasn't been healthy enough to play since Dec of '09! I sure hope Rivera and co. are extremely active in picking up a solid #2 WR, a DT, CB, and a couple OL to fill in for all of the ineptness and injuries. Otherwise, we're in for another long year!

Posted by: stickyd | Aug 24, 2011 12:18:39 PM

wouldn't it just be simpler to post when Otah is in? why is anyone counting on the new Mr. Glass to actually play this year when he's been out for over a year w/ a "minor" knee problem??

Posted by: VoiceOfReason | Aug 24, 2011 12:21:22 PM

I don't think tendinitis is something that is treatable by surgery. They've been lying about his condition all along.

Posted by: Authority | Aug 24, 2011 12:26:10 PM

Authority maybe this is another case of Jeff Otah from last year.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Aug 24, 2011 12:31:14 PM

I find it alarming that we haven't made any moves yet to address our thin D-Line and Secondary. That is clearly an area of concern after watching the Dolphins torch us last week. I know it's pre-season but if Henne and Bush can do that to us, what do you think our division teams will do? I can just here the crickets inside of Marty's office right now. If we're waiting for peeps to get cut then we may have missed the boat b/c now the Giants are in desperate need of those same positions and players will likely want to go there instead of here. We also grossly overpaid a few of our FA's, (CJ, Kalil) and now have virtually no cap room to go out and get an above average player at those positions (thanks again Marty-Ball!!). I'm tempering my expectations for this team and believe we're 6 wins at best.

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 24, 2011 12:37:52 PM

Maybe he did it when he was running people down at the strip club? Gotta get him to the girls so he can bring them home to him Mommy.

Posted by: ThugBall | Aug 24, 2011 12:47:30 PM

Panthers are deep enough at LB they can survive Beason being out. DT is the real weakness... I hope they can pick up a good DT when teams start dropping down to 53 players. Nothing against Irvin, Fua, McClain and Hayden - but we need another experienced DT to plug in there with those four guys plus either Ellis (who looked good against the Fins) or Neblett. I liked DE Keiser's play last week too - Keiser might be better than Everette Brown.

Posted by: Dominator | Aug 24, 2011 12:51:57 PM

Everette Brown is another one that needs to be cut. He's a slow "speed rusher" that is too small to play DE. He doesn't have the skill set as Dwight Freeney (like we had hoped). He gets man-handled every play. What a waste of a draft pick. I still can't believe we gave up a #1 to trade up for him.

Posted by: stickyd | Aug 24, 2011 12:58:41 PM

Defense does look weak, only a few bright spots. We've got a lot of young players that need to get game time experience. This is going to be a learning year, but the future looks real bright. I like what I see, I've been a member of the Panther Nation since the conception of the team, remember the old Clemson Days. This is the most positive I've been about our future since day 1. Give our kids a chance, I think you'll like what you see in a couple of years. Looking forward to it.

Posted by: robray | Aug 24, 2011 1:07:16 PM

Alot of the injuries are due to the short amount of time teams are having to prepare for the season. They are cramming things together and pushing it to the limit in practice and come preseason games they are banged up. Look around the league, many players are out or questionable for many games. I think Beason injury isn't as severe as we needing a solid DT and also a good corner. Also, why aren't we using Clowney more in the rotation with the starters to see what he has as a #2 or even slot since he has game experience? We may be okay with the WR's more than we are at the DT position. Lafell hopefully will continue to improve and Nanee can give us some reps with Smitty we should come out okay.

Posted by: qcdude | Aug 24, 2011 1:09:07 PM

Connor and Gaither are starters on other teams. They are just not the all-star caliber of Beason.

Posted by: Nosebleed Fan | Aug 24, 2011 1:15:39 PM

Quit blaming injury on a short camp. Instead of these guys sitting around in the off season eating steak and drinking beer, they should have been working out extensively so their legs, knees, achilles..etc would be ready for camp and the season. The kind of money these cats make, they all should have had independent trainers helping them a month or more before the open of training camp.

Posted by: B. Dooney | Aug 24, 2011 1:20:01 PM

Stickyd, you are on the money on Everette Brown. Hurney gets suckered into these guys every year (i.e.- Otah, E. Brown, Armanti). It would be one thing if we were giving up 4th, and 5th rounders for these guys but we're giving up 1's and two's! Those picks are too valuable to waste and I believe is a great cause of concern moving forward. Hurney needs to be held more accountable for these moves but it seems like he gets a pass from the Big Cat.

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 24, 2011 1:20:41 PM

Big Cat should send Hurney to a tactical negotiation seminar in the off season so he's better prepared for his free agent meetings. I like Kalil and CJ but does anyone in their right mind believe that they're the top players at their positions?

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 24, 2011 1:30:50 PM

Now that John Beason is out for the year, maybe they can try Everette Brown at Linebacker. I believe this is the correct position for him. He is fast enough to play linebacker, and instead of being a weak defensive lineman., he would be a super strong linebacker.

Posted by: Ron R | Aug 24, 2011 1:31:13 PM

Now that John Beason is out for the year, maybe they can try Everette Brown at Linebacker. I believe this is the correct position for him. He is fast enough to play linebacker, and instead of being a weak defensive lineman., he would be a super strong linebacker.

Posted by: Ron R | Aug 24, 2011 1:31:13 PM

Diddy is right on with those two picks we could have gotten a solid dt/cb/wr with the 1st round pick given up for everette and a solid dt/qb/wr for the armanti trade but I do believe armanti will be a bright spot on this years team so I wouldn't be to upset over that move since edwards went out of his way to obtain the tutelage of the Panthers great Muhsin during the offseason. Armanti looks leaps and bounds better than last year.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Aug 24, 2011 1:38:20 PM

Doubt EB could handle the pounding of the linebacker position. Remember that Rivera called him a "finesse player" a couple of weeks ago which in my opinion, is one of the biggest insults you could hand down to an NFL defensive player.

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 24, 2011 1:39:55 PM

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