EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Jon Beason returned to the practice field today, happy to be preparing for a football game, but still seething because he missed most of the last one.
The Giants' middle linebacker played just five snaps in the team's 30-27 victory last week over San Francisco. He suffered what he said was the first concussion of his nine-year career in a collision with 49ers running back Carlos Hyde. Beason said the real culprit was San Francisco guard Alex Boone, who shoved Beason forward.
"I can honestly say that if I hadn't got pushed in the back, I wouldn't have been concussed," Beason said. "It's unfortunate when another player, Alex Boone to be exact, can reach out, grab you from behind, and then deliberately push you in the back. It's hard enough to stay healthy in this league. I think it was a coward move, didn't show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player, their career. It could have been a lot worse. So it is what it is. I never saw Hyde, because I was too busy trying to keep my balance from being pushed from behind. I wanted to get that out there, I hope it goes back to him and that's how I feel. That's how I feel. Now we can talk about how I feel."
And that would be…
"I feel great, thanks for asking," Beason said.
The Giants' defensive captain missed San Francisco's final 59 offensive snaps, as well as practice yesterday. But he has passed all of the tests that are mandatory according to the NFL's concussion protocol and practiced today as the Giants continued their preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia. Beason was officially limited, but fully expects to line up vs. the Eagles.
Beason recounted in detail the play on which he was injured.
"It was a stretch play to my right," Beason said. "Alex Boone came up to block me, I got over the block and I had cleared him. Then he reached out, horse-collared me, and then pushed me and I never saw Hyde. So I never saw Hyde because my head was down. I've been tackling people for a long time. I have several hundred tackles and I've never had a recorded concussion, I've never been delusional. I didn't know what happened, but once you watch the play, it's clear there's intent there, not necessarily to harm, but you have to have some regard for other players in terms of the rules. That's why the rules are created, for a reason.
"I don't think he was intending to hurt me. But when you do something illegal, that's why it's called a clip for a reason. There's no reason to push anybody in the back in football."
The forced absence was particularly frustrating to Beason, because he was just getting back into a comfortable place on the field after missing the first two games with a knee injury.
"A lot of times when you heal from an orthopedic standpoint, it doesn't meant you're ready to play football," Beason said. "So you're back and you're feeling okay, good enough to go. And you get out there and it was smart on the staff's part, 'Hey, keep him limited, let him work himself back into playing every down.'
"I can't say enough about our linebacking corps. Between our young guys, Uani ('Unga) and (Devon) Kennard playing outstanding, and our veteran guys – (Mark) Herzlich and J.T. (Thomas) and J.C. (Jonathan Casillas), we've really done it by committee and that's what makes our room special. We don't know who it's going to be, but we feel confident about everybody's role. And a game like this, where it's so much tempo, we can stay fresh and hopefully guys can get out there and make some plays."
After being forced off the field last week, Beason is happy to again be one of those guys.
- Kennard, who missed the San Francisco game with a hamstring strain, was one of four players to miss practice today. The others were wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Victor Cruz (calf), and cornerback Trumaine McBride (illness/groin).
Coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham is "coming along." The Giants will next practice on Sunday. Coughlin would prefer Beckham to work so he can get an idea if the star receiver will be available Monday. But his attendance at practice isn't mandatory.
"It would be good if we knew in advance, so we could think a little about that," Coughlin said. "Yeah, that would be good. Does it preclude (him from playing if he doesn't work)? No."
- In addition to Beason, three players were limited: defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), wide receiver Rueben Randle (hamstring) and Casillas (calf). Guard Justin Pugh (ankle) and defensive end George Selvie (calf) practiced fully.
- Cornerback Prince Amukamara is out with a partially torn pectoral muscle.
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