Jon Beason back at practice

For the first time this summer, the Panthers had their starting linebacker corps intact.

Outside linebacker Jon Beason practiced for the first time this preseason Sunday, participating in both individual and team drills during the two-hour, full-pads session at the Panthers' practice fields.

Beason underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in October, and said recently he might have to manage the pain in the knee throughout the season.
Beason did not speak to reporters after practice. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the three-time Pro Bowler moved around well.

The key will be how Beason's knee responds to his most intense activity since minicamp. Rivera was noncommittal when asked whether Beason would play Thursday at Baltimore.

“We'll see how the week goes,” Rivera said. “We've got to see how he responds (Monday) morning. That's always the big question. Hopefully, it'll be a good response and we can just keep rolling from here.”

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