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August 15, 2012

Beason shooting for exhibition vs. Jets


The Panthers began training camp three weeks ago with questions surrounding the health of linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, and broke camp Wednesday with many of the same concerns.

Davis and Beason, coming off season-ending surgeries in 2011, both suffered setbacks that kept them out for long stretches of camp. Beason pulled a hamstring -- an injury he says resulted from overcompensating for his surgically repaired Achilles.

Davis, who has had three ACL surgeries on his right knee, strained his right calf. Davis has resumed individual drills, and coach Ron Rivera hopes he make a full return next week.

Beason hopes to be back for the game against the Jets on Aug. 26.

"That was the timetable we set when I first did it. Obviously, if I don't feel 100 percent, 90 percent's not going to get me on the field for that (Jets) game," Beason said.

But Beason said he would definitely be back for the regular season opener at Tampa Bay.

"For sure," he said.

In another health development, Rivera said DT Andre Neblett has an undisclosed medical condition. Neblett, who worked as a starter the first part of camp, is suspended for the first four regular-season games after testing positive for a banned substance.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM | Permalink


why do i pay these LBs?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Aug 15, 2012 2:22:23 PM

I don't understand why Beason or Davis has to play any pre-season games? We all know what they can do. Just get to 100% before the Tampa game.

Posted by: arealpanthersfan | Aug 15, 2012 2:23:36 PM

DOEs this mean Beason could tear a Hamstring during the season overcompensating for his achilles ??

Posted by: Frank | Aug 15, 2012 2:26:26 PM

no one need worry about the pre-season. No game plans (and chud is the man for that), and none of the starters are really playing to win, they are playing to get used to contact and not get hurt. The real deal starts in Tampa.....GO PANTHERS

Posted by: jim | Aug 15, 2012 3:35:06 PM

I said this LAST YEAR. Jon Beason and Thomas Davis should be TRADED. They are too old and too injury prone. How can you make the playoffs, if you are in the PRESEASON talking about taking games off, because of an injury.


Young talent is what you need at the LB position.

Southernboy JJ

Posted by: Southernboy JJ | Aug 15, 2012 3:37:31 PM

I agree with Southernboy. I have said this for several years. Jon Beason is OVERRATED! I have seen Beason get carried down the field riding on big RBs backs too much, i.e. Matt Forte.

Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2012 3:41:54 PM

There you have it, dumb and dumber.

Posted by: thechampishere | Aug 15, 2012 3:51:54 PM

I agree Beason is overrated, at least compared to other great linebackers. Or when compared to a healthy Dan Morgan. He is a step slow and always gets burnt by tight ends. But all eyes will be on him this year so we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Nicky6 | Aug 15, 2012 3:53:45 PM

The Otah Pattern is in force again.

OTAs-Beason & Davis barely participate. Just saving them for training camp. Nothing serious.

Camp starts-neither is on the field. Doesn't matter, we know what they can do. Nothing serious.

Preseason games start-still no sign of them. Just preseason, and they'll play later in the preseason. Nothing serious.

Preseason ends-still no sign of them. We were just saving them for the regular season. Nothing serious.

Season starts-they're still not playing. Minor setbacks. Nothing serious.

By 9/30 - both go on IR. Just couldn't get over the hump. They'll be back next year. Nothing serious.

This is exactly how Jeff Otah's last 3 years here went.

Henceforth, I will assume both Beason and Davis will spend the entire season on IR until I see them on a practice field or in a game. I'm starting to believe that will never happen again for either of them.

Posted by: J | Aug 15, 2012 3:55:40 PM

will armanti play ever???

Posted by: juice box hero | Aug 15, 2012 3:56:22 PM

And now that I'm fully convinced we will never see Beason or TD on the field again, leaving us with only 2 linebackers that are healthy and worth a crap, I'm backing off my playoff prediction. It's going to be a 7-9, 3rd place team.

Posted by: J | Aug 15, 2012 3:59:07 PM

I hate to agreee but this sounds awful...if you are not on the field, then you are of no use...this is PROFESSIONAL football, not high school....injuries are part of the game but if you are hurt then you are of no value

Posted by: bull123 | Aug 15, 2012 4:59:16 PM

i dont see how people call beason injury prone? the guy misses one season and hes jeff otah. i guess that makes tom brady injury prone too?

Posted by: jpark | Aug 15, 2012 4:59:58 PM


The only reason they let him return kicksthe other night was so no roster guys would get hurt. I seriously doubt they will keep him on he team unless the Big Cat says so and I doubt that he will. It's a shame but I will put the blame squarely on Fox for not trying to develop him once the decision was made. It was a stupid experiment in the first place. He's a QB and a good one and would make an excellent backup somewhere.

Posted by: BigDave | Aug 15, 2012 5:00:54 PM

one more thing...bet neither make to halftime against Tampa, if they suit up...

Posted by: bull123 | Aug 15, 2012 5:01:41 PM

The fact that 1 person compared Beason to Otah proves the intelligence of the fan base here.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 15, 2012 5:20:44 PM

Oh, just read that D Williams hurt his hand today. Better go ahead and get the paper work started, he's done.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 15, 2012 5:26:30 PM

this fan base is really iffy and fickle

Posted by: drod2580 | Aug 15, 2012 5:59:56 PM

Making a judgement on the nature of the Panthers fan base after reading the comments of a few trolls is nearly as ill-informed as the ridiculous comments made by said trolls.

Posted by: Jeff | Aug 15, 2012 6:23:25 PM

Some of people are rediculous jon beason is not old,ever have an achillies? TD I think is more of a long shot thats why you got Kuechly,who I'm sure some of these same clowns were ripping when they took him,The Panthers are a 500 team.

Posted by: pound | Aug 15, 2012 6:37:09 PM

All the idiot posts about Beason and Davis is posted by the same asshole 'aints fan. The bounty boys.

Posted by: DanPanther | Aug 15, 2012 8:21:56 PM

Same stuff different day. 2 to 3 weeks will not cure Davis. Beason needs to start the first regular season game period. If neither player can hold up. Time to move on. No way is Beason like Otah. He plays if he can. However, cannot keep betting against the odds like we did with Morgan.

Posted by: psl | Aug 15, 2012 8:38:52 PM

No ahole saints fan here, I'm a Panther fan and a realist. Beason will not play the whole season, he might make it to October. Davis, the same. Everyone knows this. It's the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. Why are the Panthers relying on guys who did not play the ENTIRE SEASON last year to make a difference?

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 15, 2012 8:45:03 PM

If you watch other NFL teams, they get rid of LB's ASAP, if they are not able to play. This is a position that has to PRODUCE or touchdowns happen.

CUT THEM NOW...Jon and Thomas, nice knowing you all, but hey it's BUSINESS!

Posted by: Southernboy JJ | Aug 15, 2012 8:57:20 PM

Beason started all 16 games of all 4 seasons prior to last season. That is not injury prone. IT IS THE PRESEASON and there is no need to rush anything at this point. Beason is the heart and soul of this defense. Period.

Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2012 9:06:30 PM

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