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August 09, 2012

Beason expected to miss exhibition opener


Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason likely will miss Saturday's exhibition opener against Houston with a hamstring injury, although coach Ron Rivera expects Beason to return next week.

Beason pulled the hamstring Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.

Beason ruptured his left Achilles in Week 1 last year and missed the rest of the season. Rivera said he was not sure whether the hamstring injury involved the same leg.

“He tweaked it a little bit more than we anticipated. Right now if I had to guess I'd say he's probably not going to play on Saturday night, unless somehow he feels much better this evening,” Rivera said.

“We kept him in and they got him going through some pretty good workout right now and rehab stuff. We've got our fingers crossed, but if I had to guess I'd say right now he's probably not going to make it.”

Rivera said even if Beason were healthy, he's not sure he'd play him against the Texans.

Outside linebacker Thomas Davis likely won't play Saturday, either. Davis, attempting to come back from three ACL surgeries, has a calf injury that has sidelined him for most of the past two weeks.

Davis was in uniform Thursday, but did not take place in team drills.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 9, 2012 at 01:30 PM | Permalink


No need to play either of them until regular season. We know what they can do

Posted by: football245 | Aug 9, 2012 1:51:45 PM

Gives Luke a chance to show why he is the future

Posted by: ilm panther | Aug 9, 2012 2:00:55 PM

We're playing the Texans anyway...should not need him even if this did count? We have Cam Newton! Enough said.

Posted by: Mike Curry | Aug 9, 2012 2:05:15 PM

Better to be safe than sorry.

Posted by: nasty704 | Aug 9, 2012 2:13:19 PM

Even if he hadn't tweaked the hamstring he wouldn't have played more than the first quarter. Keep him healthy coach.

Posted by: jimmyjohnsonjonesjunior | Aug 9, 2012 2:20:03 PM

Wow...how many hammy injuries are we gonna see? Sounds like this team needs to get some trainers who can get these guys in top shape including stretching them out and getting them limber so they don't pull muscles all the time.

Posted by: John | Aug 9, 2012 2:22:01 PM

Hey John, there are muscle pulls in every camp, every year at this time. It's called football. If you put so much on your legs in such a compressed time period, you're likely to pull a muscle. Anyone with "hamstrings", that has ever had a football training camp, can tell you that.

It's league-wide.

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 9, 2012 2:48:32 PM

I could care less about four meaningless preseason games. Get healthy and let's get to work in Week One-that man doesn't need to prove himself to anyone. Go get 'em Beas

Posted by: Wow | Aug 9, 2012 3:00:39 PM

Hey John the Trainer wannabe,

I got something you can stretch out and make limber right here!

Posted by: Jon Beason | Aug 9, 2012 3:07:50 PM

It's so funny to hear people blame the trainers for injuries, clearly they've never been on a football field. I know it's frustrating for the fans that neither Beason or Davis seem to stay on the field these days, but it's not the trainer's fault. Hopefully, it's not a bad sign. Although, it sure can't be a good one.

Posted by: Kenny | Aug 9, 2012 3:24:12 PM

Beason hurt? Beason not playing? Shocker.
Beason got paid, don't expect another productive down from him in a Panthers uniform. Hamstring injury, sure.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Aug 9, 2012 3:38:23 PM

Picking Luke K. in the draft is looking more and more like a great move with Beason and Davis showing ongoing physical problems in getting back on the field. Good to have four quality linebackers when two of them are medical question marks.

Posted by: PantherD | Aug 9, 2012 4:09:43 PM

Can someone in Panthers coaching find out why Ray Lewis can play until he get social security, but our lb's cant walk to the sideline without an injury?????

Posted by: Taco | Aug 9, 2012 4:10:17 PM

1. Taco: It's because Ray Lewis is not a man, he's a machine.

2. I can't stand Panther fans.

Posted by: MW | Aug 9, 2012 4:26:33 PM

Does anyone else see the pattern?

Very key player (or players) miss a day of practice. Just a few tweaks, nothing serious.

The nothing serious injuries last an entire week. Nothing serious. Just need a little more time. Nothing to see here, nothing serious.

Out for the first preseason game. No big deal. If it were regular season, they'd play. Nothing serious.

Miss the entire preseason. We didn't need to see anything, we know what they can do. Nothing serious.

All are declared out for week 1 at Tampa. Just longer recovery time than we thought. Nothing serious.

Player with "nothing serious" injury goes on IR.

If you haven't figured it out, everything that has gone on with Beason, TD, Hogan, Norman and Steve Smith is following the exact same script as Jeff Otah's last 3 camps here.

One of my favorite life sayings is, "If you have to go out of your way to tell me over and over something is true, it usually isn't.

All this squaking about "there's nothing serious here" for these players missing day after day of practice, and now a practice game, have me believing that all the injuries are serious, and Rivera is just blowing smoke trying to fool the Bucs, Saints, Giants and Falcons.

Posted by: J | Aug 9, 2012 5:29:56 PM

This doesnt sound good and could be a cover up. Though I hope not but funny the same two key players that were injured last year and missed the season are once again bothered or injured by something else and missing practice and a preseason game or so......... Hope this doesnt continue!!!

Posted by: big daddy | Aug 9, 2012 5:34:35 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Aug 9, 2012 5:45:27 PM

At least he is a beast in Madden 12!...Shuts down the best RBs....and hey, get this....Davis is rock solid on Madden 12 with Beason..

Posted by: Bob Smith | Aug 9, 2012 5:58:24 PM

Hmm... heard about Dontari Poe and his lack of absorbing the KC defensive playbook... made the Kuechly pick look really good. Thomas Davis bothered by hamstring, Kuechly pick starting to look even better. Now Beason injured, makes the Kuechly pick look like the best offseason move any team made out of the entire NFL. I hope he has a rookie season like what Beason had. But I also hope Beason makes it back in time for the season opener, seriously. Not good news at all!!!

Posted by: El | Aug 9, 2012 6:03:03 PM

here we friggin go again...if you can't be on the field then you are of no use to us...if we lose all these players to injuries then we need to get new players that can stay healthy...this is not high school this is the pros...you either play or we replace you...Hurney needs to get busy right away...we got rid of Otah, if Beason can't play let's get rid of him & his salary...this goes for anyone on the team...I have no patience for million $$ players that don't play

Posted by: bull123 | Aug 9, 2012 6:25:26 PM

Beason's hamstring injury is in his left achilles tendon ..... and Davis' calf injury is his ACL on his knee.
Panther's PR department must be insane to think that anyone will fall for this bull again.

Posted by: Big Ron | Aug 9, 2012 7:53:59 PM

Lol I'm happy to see all these NFL head coaches on the CO website. Relax if there was even a hint that beaston might have messed his achilles up again you don't think he would have gotten an immediate MRI to see the damage. Hence there would be no hiding something like that, spare me.

Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 9, 2012 9:25:14 PM

I like the first comment, dont play either at all this preseason. Keep them fresh. But you wont them in game shape.

Posted by: Godwin Ozoeneh | Aug 9, 2012 10:22:07 PM

I like the first comment, dont play either at all this preseason. Keep them fresh. But you wont them in game shape.

Posted by: Godwin Ozoeneh | Aug 9, 2012 10:22:10 PM

I like the first comment, dont play either at all this preseason. Keep them fresh. But you wont them in game shape.

Posted by: Godwin Ozoeneh | Aug 9, 2012 10:22:13 PM

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