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June 12, 2013

Beason back for minicamp

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason was a spectator for most of the three weeks of organized team activities, getting his work in by running wind sprints after practice.

So it was assumed Beason, coming off knee and shoulder surgeries, wouldn't see much action until training camp in July.

But Beason was back running drills with the first-team defense Wednesday during the second day of the team's three-day minicamp. If he was less than full speed, Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't notice.

“They passed him on the physical, so I assume he's 100 percent. He moved around like it. He made some plays,” Rivera said. “You really see that energy coming back. You see that quickness. I really like the quickness and speed of our front seven. I think our front seven is a pretty formidable group.”

Beason worked at strongside linebacker next to Luke Kuechly, who took Beason's spot in the middle after Beason went down after Week 4 last season. Kuechly was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the league in tackles.

Beason has played in just five games the past two seasons. He blew out his Achilles early in the 2011 season, and underwent three surgeries in a 17-month span.

But Rivera said he was not hesitant about getting Beason back on the field.

“Jon works so hard at everything. It really didn't surprise me that he'd be ready to go,” Rivera said. “And I'm glad to see him out there. I think he's going to help us, just his presence and who he is as a football player.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 12, 2013 at 05:12 PM | Permalink


I hope he shuts a lot of the "experts" up this year.

Posted by: Mike W | Jun 12, 2013 5:36:43 PM

great news.

Posted by: ray | Jun 12, 2013 8:42:38 PM

Monsters Inc is coming along nicely.

Posted by: Reedeet | Jun 13, 2013 5:52:26 AM

Yawn. Same song and dance for Mr. Nightclub. He'll be hurt by week three or sooner. I have no confidence in Beason's abilities anymore.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jun 13, 2013 6:11:05 AM

Yup. What season is his contract up? I don't anticipate he'll do much of anything on the field of worth until then.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 13, 2013 10:00:11 AM

^^^ you guys act like playing with torn ligaments is optional. like he took plays off in the games he DID play in.


Posted by: charlottean | Jun 13, 2013 12:33:00 PM

As great as this guy was when he was healthy. I cant believe how hes getting bashed. I hope yaw are not panther fans

Posted by: ncbilly | Jun 13, 2013 7:07:59 PM

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