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May 24, 2012

Jon Beason feels good, but sits anyway

When Thomas Davis walked off the practice field early Thursday, visitors all had the same reaction: Not again.

Panthers' fans can exhale. It turns out Davis had a dental appointment, and had not re-injured his thrice-repaired ACL.

The Panthers are taking precautions with their two recovering linebackers. Middle backer Jon Beason, who had Achilles surgery after Week 1 last season, said he learned Monday that he would not be involved in any of the team drills during OTAs.

Beason, who said his Achilles feels “great,” was disappointed initially but understands the team's thinking.

I think they're just protecting me from myself,” Beason said. “Practice is practice. But to me you come out and compete. You try to win every down and you play the game a certain way. I think that had a lot to do with it, too.”

Beason was at middle linebacker for the installation period, with first-round pick Luke Kuechly flanking him at weakside. But after that, Beason kneeled on the sideline and watched.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the plan is to have Beason ready for the start of training camp in late July.

I'd like to believe when we get to training camp, we can put Jon in full-go at that point, and Thomas, we'll ease him back in,” Rivera said.

Other notes/observations from the Panthers' third OTA practice (but first open to the media):

--Veteran wideout Steve Smith was excused to attend a relative's graduation ceremony. Backup WR Seyi Ajirotutu also missed practice; Rivera said he thinks Ajirotutu is getting married this weekend.

--DE Charles Johnson (knee) and DT Ron Edwards (biceps) were not in uniform. Neither is expected to participate in OTAs.

--Undrafted RB Tauren Poole sat out for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury.

--Jeff Otah, who has missed 31 of the past 35 games due to injury, worked at second-team right tackle. Byron Bell, who started in Otah's place last year as a rookie, was the first-team tackle.

--DE Greg Hardy made a nice, one-handed interception of a Cam Newton pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage.

--CB Brandon Hogan, who began last year on the physically unable to perform list following knee surgery, worked with both the first and second teams.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM | Permalink


good notes. can we get some info on gettis or the defensive tackle situation sometime?

i've never been more excited for football!

Posted by: Mitch | May 24, 2012 7:23:17 PM

Ron Edwards is still hurt? This is concerning to me. Glad to see Otah is on the second team to start, he needs to be motivated

Posted by: JLC | May 24, 2012 8:49:42 PM

otah be injuried by next week, just watch..i go with bell to start

Posted by: pantherlife | May 24, 2012 9:20:43 PM

I would like to know what Otah has brought to the Panthers that make him such an inactive asset. I am really not that impressed with Bell. I observed a passiveness in his performance last season that was totally unacceptable. I hope coach address these issues.

Posted by: J | May 25, 2012 10:41:41 PM

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