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September 12, 2011

Beason out for year with torn Achilles

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason will have season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn Achilles, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced this afternoon.

Beason injured his left Achilles on Sunday running after Cardinals TE Jeff King on a 48-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of Arizona's 28-21 victory.

Beason had surgery Aug. 22 on the same foot for a bone bruise that was originally diagnosed as Achilles tendinitis. Rivera said he did not think the injury was related to the surgery, but he did not know for certain.

Doctors predicted Beason would need three or four weeks to recover from the surgery. He came back in less than three weeks to make his 65th consecutive start in the opener at Arizona.

Beason, who has been to the Pro Bowl three consecutive years, did not miss a start in his first four seasons.

"I've got to give Jon credit. He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "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."

Linebacker is the Panthers' deepest position on defense. Dan Connor, who started the first eight games at middle linebacker in 2010, replaced Beason and finished with six tackles in just 18 snaps.

Connor is a run-stopper who is a liability in coverage. The Panthers also have Omar Gaither, who started 36 games in five seasons with Philadelphia.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 12, 2011 at 02:17 PM | Permalink


Move Thomas Davis to MLB and Connor to the Weak side LB.

Posted by: John | Sep 12, 2011 2:33:30 PM

No. We moved folks out of their natural positions in the past and overall it hurt us. Dan Connor can get the job done (6 tackles in 18 snaps!) - let Thomas Davis stay home and wreak havoc.

However, do change the uniforms.

Posted by: Cosmo | Sep 12, 2011 2:46:52 PM

You would never move Connor to outside linebacker. Are you crazy? He is way too slow.

Posted by: Panthers 24 | Sep 12, 2011 2:56:09 PM

Beason is done for the year. Just announced.

Posted by: Miss_Kitty | Sep 12, 2011 4:30:20 PM

Davis in the middle, Anderson and Norwood outside

Posted by: scottyb | Sep 12, 2011 4:35:45 PM

Shame....Jon, I hope you have a speedy recovery!!

Posted by: Babs | Sep 12, 2011 4:45:42 PM

This guy was unable to practice at full speed during training camp, had the surgery and then attempted to play a full game at full speed. Guess we're lucky his entire leg didn't fall off.............

Posted by: RDKLXPRS | Sep 12, 2011 4:49:35 PM

We now have 2 roster spots to fill. Had 1 already now putting Beason on IR. What are the odds we use them both on DT. We should know soon.

Posted by: Jerry | Sep 12, 2011 4:53:05 PM

So when is the Observer going to do a little investigation into the Panthers' training and medical staff? How many little nagging injuries have to turn into lost seasons on injured reserve before anyone starts asking questions about the competency of the doctors and trainers?

Posted by: Authority | Sep 12, 2011 4:53:19 PM

He should have never played until he was at least close to 100%. Medical staff needs to be smarter about these things.

Posted by: Pantherengr | Sep 12, 2011 4:58:01 PM

Makes you wonder if these are the same guys that worked on Patrick Jeffers.

Posted by: 10-4! | Sep 12, 2011 5:03:49 PM

Authority: the doctors specifically told him to wait 3 weeks, but Beason disobeyed...how is that the doctor's fault? This more about Beason, and to some extent the coaches, not listening to the doctors...this has nothing to do with the competency level of our trainers and medical personnel.

Posted by: Cotton | Sep 12, 2011 5:06:17 PM

No, you do not move Davis outside. You let Connor play the middle, right where he should be, helping to shore up the run D. Davis is a freak in his position!!

Posted by: Michael | Sep 12, 2011 5:11:25 PM

Improvise, adapt, ovecome...lets move forward, at least we now have an offense that can put 21 on the board. We all know that was a win yesterday minus one big play from the red birds...

Posted by: Bob | Sep 12, 2011 5:21:41 PM

Beason signs a $50 million extension after an achilles related surgery. Now he is out for the year with a torn achilles tendon. Bet Mr. Richardson's head is exploding about now....

Posted by: THFC54 | Sep 12, 2011 5:32:48 PM

Morganitis...very common w/ Miami players.

Posted by: chris | Sep 12, 2011 5:40:42 PM

How come no one has mentioned the fact that every time we get Beason or Davis healthy, someone else goes down? Beason was healthy last year, then Davis goes down, Davis gets healthy, Beason goes down. I mean, this is getting ridiculous. Can we have just one season with those guys together? Even though I know this season is pretty much a throw away season, it would've been nice to see Beason, Davis, and Anderson together.

Posted by: elliott | Sep 12, 2011 5:45:03 PM

You understand why athletes try to get as much money as possible as soon as they can. Your career can be over so quickly. Hopefully he will have a complete recovery. We often criticize athletes who sit out with an injury. But isn't it better to be completely healthy before returning to the game.

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Sep 12, 2011 5:46:40 PM

Can anybody say workers compensation?

Posted by: RDKLXPRS | Sep 12, 2011 5:49:44 PM

Don't be so quick to blame the medical staff...unless you have some inside knowledge of the situation, it's purely speculation. I am relieved, however, that the Connor-to-Bears-for-Olsen rumor was untrue, for sure. Connoris decent but he is no Beason, but then, not many can be. Now the Panthers need to shore up the middle of the DL even more, that's also for sure.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Sep 12, 2011 6:00:22 PM

WOW! Why are we such a tough luck team!
It seems..every year we go through this injury bug that just kills our season.
Well, He is going to be hard to replace. Let's hope we can.
I noticed, yesterday the fire kind of left when Jon exited.

Posted by: Harold | Sep 12, 2011 6:12:07 PM

jhon beason wolnt be playin this season or next.man he took a hard hit

Posted by: jacob | Sep 12, 2011 6:20:15 PM

You guys make it sound like we just lost the key component to going to the super bowl.Are you serious? The panthers were a 3-13 or 5-11 team at best!! Fortunately,they are loaded at LB,so although Connor is slower,he and Omar can fill the void adequately.Geez homers....the panthers are still one of the 3 worst teams this year WITH or WITHOUT Beason!!

Posted by: panther14 | Sep 12, 2011 6:44:43 PM

Why does this always happen after these players sign for the big money?

Posted by: Rob | Sep 12, 2011 6:47:00 PM

Get well Jon. He should make a full recovery and actually have a stronger Achilles once he returned. I know after my surgery that was the case. I would also cite Tekeo Spikes, who plays the same position and made a full recovery. He's been the league 13 years, about half , post surgery. You might remember Donald Curry who had one on each leg. He played for years after his operations.

Posted by: qdog112 | Sep 12, 2011 7:44:47 PM

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