Jon Beason re-injures foot, leaves in walking boot after Giants loss

EAST RUTHERFORD -- Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason missed all of training camp and preseason with a right foot injury. He also missed a practice earlier this week because of "soreness" in that foot.

So when Beason walks out of the stadium after Sunday's 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a walking boot on that foot, there is ample reason for concern.

"Again the toe," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Whatever they want to call it, foot or toe, Coughlin seemed to think it was related to the injury that kept Beason off the field for three months. Beason had an X-ray during the game. The results were not disclosed. The Giants would only say that they'll know more after an MRI on Monday.

Beason fractured his foot during a minicamp practice in June, but didn't undergo surgery. He returned to practice a week before the season opener against the Lions, and started in Detroit despite not playing a single snap in the preseason.

Beason left the contest Sunday against the Cardinals in the third quarter with four tackles and a quarterback hurry. He did not return.

The veteran linebacker left the locker room before reporters were allowed to enter, but said he was fine as he was walked out of the stadium.

That's hard to believe at this point considering he was sporting the boot and missed most of the second half. It also comes on the heels of Beason surprisingly sitting out a day of practice because of what was called "soreness." Coughlin admitted Thursday he didn't know until moments before the workout that Beason, who was changing shoes trying to be comfortable enough to play, would be unable to participate.

On Sunday, he couldn't make it through the entire 60 minutes. Since the Giants were already without rookie linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring), Mark Herzlich stepped in at middle linebacker and Jameel McClain remained at the strongside with Beason sidelined.

Beason is a team captain and the leader of the defense. Losing him would be a substantial blow as the Giants (0-2) try and right the ship. Beason was a stabilizing force in the middle of the defense and huddle last season.

McClain serviceably filled the void at middle linebacker this summer when Beason was sidelined.

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