Jon Beason practices in full pads for first time this summer

The Panthers have taken things slowly with linebacker Jon Beason this summer as he recovered from microfracture surgery on his right knee by stopping him from practicing fully until they felt he had recovered enough to resume a full workload.

That moment has arrived. Beason was in full pads for the first time this summer at Sunday’s practice, marking a major step forward in his comeback after two years that were essentially wiped out by injuries.

Beason has played in just five games for the Panthers over the last two seasons, stalling a productive career and leaving the Panthers shorthanded on defense. Beason said recently that he hopes that taking it slow in his recovery from the microfracture surgery will lead to a sustained comeback rather than a brief stay on the field before another setback.

“I want to get out there as soon as possible, but might as well take advantage of the time,” Beason said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Trying to make it a permanent comeback from a temporary setback. Know what I mean?”

Having a healthy Beason for an entire season would do the Panthers defense a world of good, so they surely hope that the cautious approach proves to be a winning one.

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