Jon Beason has sprained knee; says he believes he can play vs. Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD — Giants linebacker Jon Beason has a sprained knee and there is no timetable yet for his return, Tom Coughlin said on Sunday. 

Coughlin said he does not know enough about Beason's condition to try and project when he might be back. Coughlin said you have to approach such injuries as "week-to-week," but that he will know more in a few days after consulting with team doctors.

Coughlin did not, however, go as far as to say Beason would be unlikely to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13 in Dallas. "These things are all different," Coughlin said. "I'm not going to speculate. ... But sometimes in these cases, it's longer than you think."

Beason told reporters he also expects to play against the Cowboys, if not earlier, calling the injury "minor." It is frustrating that he will miss practice time, he said, but he knows how to prepare despite being out. 

"I totally believe that I can (play in the opener)," Beason said. "I am going to do everything humanly possible to do that."

Beason left Saturday's 22-12 preseason game win over the Jaguars in the first half. He remained on the sidelines for the rest of the game, changing into street clothes for the second half, and was standing for much of the evening. 

Beason, 30, missed all but two games last season due to a toe injury. Beason appeared in 12 games for the Giants in 2013, but he only played in eight total over his final three season with the Panthers from 2010-12. 

With Beason out, veteran Jameel McClain figures to move into his spot as the starting middle linebacker. McClain is just back off a stinger injury, however.

Linebacker Uani Unga has also had a good training camp in the middle. 

Until Saturday, Beason had been healthy all training camp long for the Giants while having his reps managed with his injury history in mind. 

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