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September 12, 2013

Panthers being cautious with Beason

For the second week in a row, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason got a mid-week practice off as coaches and trainers try to ease Beason back in following knee surgery last fall.

Beason was off Thursday after going through the Panthers' installation practice Wednesday. Beason, who had microfracture surgery on his right knee last October, played 30 snaps in the Panthers' base defense last week against Seattle.

"We decided to give him the rest," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We wanted to make sure he got all the installation yesterday, so today we gave him the day off."

Beason, who was in for nearly half of the defensive snaps against the Seahawks, said after the game his knee remains "a work in progress." He has said some players who undergo microfracture surgery have to manage pain in the knee the rest of their careers.

Rivera said he'd like to get backup linebacker Chase Blackburn more work after the free agent acquisition did not log any defensive snaps against Seattle.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 12, 2013 at 04:02 PM | Permalink


too fragile to practice and play. he's done

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 12, 2013 4:27:13 PM

Beason's best days are past sadly. A great player/man but the football reality is there are only 53 spots and adapting snaps, practices to accommodate a slow recovery because of past glory is chancy for team success. I hope I'm proven wrong but there is enough past evidence. Still, I'm rooting for you Jon-be well & play hard!

Posted by: hgp | Sep 12, 2013 5:07:53 PM

Has the Kraken named Thomas Davis the Octopus yet? Won't be long before his ligaments and tendons will be blown out again and dangling like an Octopus.

Its a shame we have two oft-injured guys and continue to try and use them. Let them retire without being totally destroyed.

Squid Beason and Octopus Davis coming soon to an injured player cart near you. When they go down I'll be thinking what Suh has said. "Get the Cart."

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 12, 2013 5:13:10 PM

Cut Beason! He's worthless if he can't play a full game...

Posted by: blackspeak | Sep 12, 2013 5:20:37 PM

I predict that Rivera will be fired immeidately if the Panthers get to the bye week with less than 2 wins, and Cam will be traded by the end of the 2014 season if the Panthers don't make the playoffs..

Posted by: blackspeak | Sep 12, 2013 5:24:15 PM

We could get 2 first round picks for Newton now. One first round pick for him next year. Not a danged thing if he stays till his contract expires.
JJ Watts for Cam straight up. I can dream...

Posted by: deepenwide | Sep 12, 2013 5:41:17 PM

You guys have it all wrong. The right coach can fix Cam Newton. Ron Rivera has destroyed this guys development. A coach like John Gruden would have this team disciplined and teach this team killer instinct. This team is like an old lady at Walmart....has $5,000 on her debit card and she still writes a check...go figure

Posted by: Panther 4life | Sep 12, 2013 5:56:01 PM

way to show some patience idiot fanbase.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 12, 2013 6:02:06 PM

This team to has no fire.Its not all Cam Newton's fault, but this is a team that just cant score. I mean Manning threw 7 touchdowns in one game. It will be November before Carolina matches that.

Posted by: Panther 4life | Sep 12, 2013 6:03:26 PM

Charlottean youre in denial dude. If this team goes 0-3, they will never make it to the playoffs. I been a fan forever, but you cant keep letting people push you around 3 seanson straight and keep losing games because you cant score touchdowns. Losing game after game by 7 or less points means something is wrong. You must not have a television.

Posted by: Panther 4life | Sep 12, 2013 6:08:15 PM

@Panther4life - I agree. Rivera is the wrong coach for Cam. He lacks the motivational skill necessary get Cam's fragile nature turned into confidence. Gruden would be the coach Cam and the Panthers need.

Posted by: blackspeak | Sep 12, 2013 6:11:57 PM

Panthers fans are hilarious! Keep'em honest. I like coach Grueden too but give coach Rivera until the end of the season. We owned Seattle; how did we let that one slip out of our hands at home? The Bills are tough and hungry. Can the Panthers stand up to the pressure?

Posted by: GUESS WHO | Sep 12, 2013 7:53:55 PM

Chip would have come here. Jerry knows it. Chip, though, would not speak to anybody who had a coach in place. Rivera was retained, and here we are. Right coach, right QB ( maybe the ideal QB) for Chip's offense, yet Jerry didn't do anything. I very much like Rivera the man, but this team needed the right leaders for its personnel, and right now we are FAR from that type of fit on offense. All the best to Ron and our Panthers, and all the best to Chip. Hope it's a great year both ways.

Posted by: Luther Vancat | Sep 12, 2013 8:06:30 PM

you guys act like it's NOT A GAME. there have to be winners and losers. you should only be upset when you have a franchise with a horrible owner that is so mismanaged they never make the playoffs and go 4-12 or worse every year.

we don't have that. we have a middle of the pack franchise. that's the way the NFL is designed. it's made for parity. the teams that win A LOT are because they have the elite head coach and quarterback combo for a while and stay healthy. otherwise its up and down every year for a lot of franchises.

but to come on here and declare jon beason's career over at age 28......1 game into his comeback is absolutely insane. plenty of guys have come back from injuries and taken time to get back. but bet against a guy who at one time was luke kuechly? eff no. you guys are always on this grass is greener mentality. it's not. football players get hurt, but the elite guys are still very good football players when they get healthy again. see AP. See peyton manning. see how thomas davis has looked since coming back from possibly the worst string of injuries ever. see terrell suggs. see tom brady. see ray lewis. see revis. see ed reed. see polamalu.

you know what actually has a real impact on a pro sports game? home field advantage. you know what the panthers don't really have? a home field advantage. you know why they don't have that? because the "sports fans" in charlotte are idiotic. expectations are ludicrous and they hop on and off the bandwagon with a few losses.

not at all sure why you are talking about 0-3 when we're 0-1 having lost to the seahawks.

if we're 0-3 after playing the bills and giants (at home) I'll be surprised. but I remember a team that started 1-2 in 2005 and made it to the NFC championship game. the steve smith got triple teamed the entire game and mushin muhammad played on the wrong team game.

you panthers "fans" treat 9-7 like it's 1-15 even though almost every year a 9-7 team makes the playoffs and the giants just won a super bowl going 9-7.

only here would you watch thomas davis come back from 3 lost seasons to become an upper echelon starter again..........and then tell me jon beason is done because they're being cautious about the amount of snaps he gets.

go ahead and sell your psl's. please. and move. it's an effing game.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 12, 2013 8:37:09 PM

you guys are horrible fans...root for who we have..beason and davis have given it all for this team..encourage instead of be negative. and cam is a great QB with the fans we have idk why anyone would want to come to this city. Your a fan of the team not the scout or GM

Posted by: awoods | Sep 13, 2013 2:03:12 AM

It's the same story with this team for the past six years now. Talk the rah rah stuff in the preseason and say all the right things, then play like pop warner kids and forget how to win on Sunday.

"Fans" are tired of that. There is no excuse with the talent on this team for them to be constantly losing close games and not going to playoffs year after year.

Holding on to injured players and not moving forward is another reason for the continued losing. Bad coaching and play calling. Guys always injured. Etc. Etc.

I don't even get excited to watch them play anymore because I know I will be let down in the fourth quarter more then half the time watching this team.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 13, 2013 6:03:01 AM

There is nothing WRONG with CAM NEWTON, it's the OFFENSE is not right for him.

He has NOBODY to pass the ball UPFIELD, other than S. Smith.

When they get 2 more 6'4" 215 lbs., receivers that can CATCH. The Panthers will start winning SUPER BOWLS only if Cam is still in town. I am pretty SURE he will be wanting OUT after this SEASON...Panthers SUCK.

Posted by: Countryboy JJ | Sep 13, 2013 8:42:03 AM

Thank you Charlottean! Well said!

Posted by: Steven | Sep 13, 2013 8:42:21 AM

As for holding on to "constantly" injured players...

I'm pretty sure TD worked out pretty well. What if we had cut him last year (like most of you idiots said we should) and then went to ATL or Tampa or NO? You guys would be saying how much of an idiot our new GM was!

I'm pretty sure John B. is going to work out the same way. Coach R. is just taking the same precautions he took with TD...because it worked pretty well.

Yea, we're 0-1. We lost to Seattle, who is possibly one of the top 3 teams in the NFL this year. Our defense did a pretty good job and we lost b/c of a few flucky things.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 13, 2013 8:47:28 AM

"way to show some patience idiot fanbase."

This... Agreed.

How long did it take Davis to fully trust his rebuilt knee? Just one game? I don't think so...

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Sep 13, 2013 9:19:59 AM

Yeah, charlottean, you nailed it.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Sep 13, 2013 9:21:45 AM

A lot of people are hard on Cam, because we have great expectations.

I was at the SEC championship game when Auburn beat South Carolina. Cam was running and gunning, throwing 30-50 yard passes, playing wide open. I know the pro game is different, but love Cam or hate him he's being stifled in our current offense. We gotta let him do what he does best. Shula and Rivera are wasting him.

Open up the offense and see what happens Rivera, you might as well. Rivera is gone if the offense looks like it has all games this year.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 13, 2013 10:21:07 AM

Why didnt Blackburn play any? Where was Josh Norman? Rivera is awful. Josh Thomas is no proven player yet he starts ahead of Norman. Ridiculous. Beason is still recovering yet Blackburn doesnt get a snap? Man Rivera is terrible . Dont let the door hit you on the way out you amateur coach. Go read the cliff notes on head coaching and coach little league. You have failed here. Maybe its mot too late to get Gruden.

Posted by: tomb43 | Sep 13, 2013 10:21:22 AM

tomb43, Thomas is better that Josh Norman. Do you know why Norman had "high" tackling numbers last year before he got benched? Because everyone that threw in his direction caught the ball and the only thing Norman could do was let them catch it and then tackle them. Nothing more infuriating than watching Josh Norman celebrating for tackling a guy who just completed a 30yd pass.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 13, 2013 10:27:09 AM

norman and thomas are both good young corners.

i honestly don't know who is better between the 2. of course the same impatient fanbase is going to clamor for norman because he had a ton of preseason interceptions against backup quarterbacks, but there's a lot more to it than that.

I bet they both end up starting a lot of games together here. thomas was very good last year down the stretch when we were winning games.

as for letting go of injured guys......we've let go of plenty. but you don't give up on elite guys because they got hurt. if the dude can still run, the dude is still an asset. if kuechly gets hurt tomorrow is he done?

beason is 28. ray lewis was elite LAST YEAR at age 37. think about that.

and no the offense didn't score points last sunday - but the game plan wasn't the problem. they lost 1 scoring possession on williams fumble, lost another on the punt fiasco, and greg olsen had 2 huge drops that were inexcusable. those things don't happen and we're easily looking at 13-21 points in a slugfest john fox style game of ball control and field position.

but yea....let's go ahead and jump off the deep end after one game.


yes rivera is lacking as a coach. no question. but it was people like you that ran off john fox who should have gotten a lifetime contract. if the fans had supported fox more, richardson would have never felt the need to let him go. every year we were healthy we won. that's all you can ask for from a coach.

have realistic expectations. buffalo hasn't been to the playoffs since 1999 and their fans still show up and cheer their A's off for the team. we played buffalo here a few years back and the stadium had more bills fans than it did panthers fans.

there are plenty of teams who have never even played in a conference championship game or a super bowl. even more that haven't done that since 1995.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 13, 2013 12:41:43 PM

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