Jon Beason misses practice but plans to play vs. Saints

Dallas ran 69 plays and controlled the clock for 38 minutes last week, but still the Giants came out victorious.

Jon Beason is feeling it now.

After seeing increased reps against the Cowboys, the middle linebacker missed practice again on Thursday due to an ankle injury. But his “plan” is to play this week in New Orleans.

“Just a little sore,” the defensive captain said. “So we’re just trying to be smart. I’m trying to make it to Sunday.”

Beason ran his snap count up to 60 in Week 7, nearly doubling what he did the game before while dealing with a knee issue. Uani ‘Unga, who has backed up Beason this season and split the workload, missed the Cowboys game because of a neck problem.

“It’s been working,” Beason said. “But unfortunately, guys get nicked. The good thing about our room is we have a lot of guys that can play, a lot of veteran guys, smart players, and we feel good about whoever is out there.”

In a bend-but-don’t-break kind of game, Beason led the Giants with 11 tackles against Dallas and got back into the groove.

“For me, that’s what it’s all about,” Beason said. “I’ve been on a bike before. So I’ve just got to get back on and start pedaling. So getting out there was fun, felt good, felt natural, and some things I felt I could’ve done better. But that’ll come in time.”

If all goes according to plan, Beason will face a familiar foe from his NFC South days. Beason saw the Saints twice a year playing in Carolina, where he started from 2007-2013 and made multiple Pro Bowls.

Not much has changed since then. The whole team still revolves around quarterback Drew Brees.

“I think, first off, he’s a great teammate,” Beason said. “He’s a leader, captain of that [offense]. He makes that team go and that offense go. He’s pinpoint accurate. He makes smart decisions, quick decisions, and he’s kind of one of those guys that he came back from an injury and people said he couldn’t do something, and he just went out and proved why he still is Drew Brees.”

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