Tag:Jon Beason
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:59 pm

Thomas Davis out for year with torn ACL (again)

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton is the guy for the Panthers throwing for insane yardage and drawing all the headlines these days. He's going to have to keep doing that, too, as an already bad  Panthers defense is getting worse, and quickly. Just last week, Carolina lost All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason for the year with a torn Achilles. This time, it's Thomas Davis' turn.

The linebacker announced on Twitter (via Brian McIntyre) that he's out for the season with a torn ACL ... for the third-straight season.

"I would like 2 take the time and thank every1 that has supported me over my career," Davis tweeted. "Unfortunately, I have re torn my acl. Thx 4 da prayers!!"

This is a huge blow for the Panthers, of course, and a shame, because Davis appeared to have reclaimed the explosiveness that he flashed in previous years (particularly when he hawked Aaron Rodgers down from behind on Sunday).

But now he's done for the year and it's a particularly awkward injury because the Panthers inexplicably gave Davis a $7 million signing bonus when they inexplicably offered him a five-year contract as he came off his second-straight shortened year thanks to a torn ACL. (In fairness, just one of the years was guaranteed, but Davis was under team control for 2011 and barring an absolute explosion this year, probably wasn't going anywhere else.)

Davis is a great player when healthy, but there's just no reason to believe he can stay on the field after three consecutive seasons of bowing out early with a serious knee injury.

In terms of how this effects the Panthers right now, it's pretty devastating -- James Anderson is a sneaky stud at linebacker and Dan Connor's good at stopping the run, but one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL is suddenly one of the thinnest.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:03 am

With Achilles injury, Beason would do same thing

BeasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Panthers linebacker Jon Beason out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, there’s been some talk that perhaps Beason came back too quickly after Achilles heel surgery a few weeks ago.

“He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday. "It's just a shame thing. It's a freak thing.”

Well, it’s not really a “freak thing,” is it? He, after all, did have surgery a few weeks ago, and some have pointed to his consecutive games streak (64 games) as the main reason the Panthers might have rushed him back too soon. But remember, he also signed a five-year, $52 million the day before training camp, so that figure might have been in the back of his head as well.

Luckily, Beason, through this blog post, lets us know exactly what he was thinking about both Achilles injuries.

Writes Beason:

One of my favorite quotes is from Martin Luther King, who said, “A man is not fit to live if he hasn’t found something that he’ll die for.” Obviously, it’s not on the same scale, but I think everyone should have something in their life that is vital to them.

If I had to do it all over again, and go into that game with my Achilles injury, I would. Because football defines who I am. Sometimes you have to do something that you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had. The motivating factor is simple for me. To win, and not fear failure.

These setbacks and obstacles are all a part of it. Nothing worth attaining comes easy, and I know that. I’m convinced I did everything in my power to play the game I love. That’s why today I can’t say I’m mad or upset, because I went at it with everything I had just to contribute for the team.

A lot of people say, hey, he rushed back too soon. But actually, I didn’t. I told my teammates and myself that I would only play if I could help the team. I felt ready to do that. Myself and the Panthers’ medical staff were convinced that I was healthy enough to play in the opener versus the Cardinals.

Either way, he’s done for the year, and the Panthers -- whether or not it’s their fault -- aren’t quite as good in the linebacker corps as they were before.

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Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:00 pm

Jon Beason out for year with torn Achilles

Posted by Will Brinson

The lockout was supposed to ravage NFL teams with injuries during the preseason. That didn't happen, but Week 1's been rough going for NFL teams injury-wise. The Panthers are the latest victim, as they lost All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason for the year thanks to a torn Achilles.

The worst part? Beason tore the Achilles while chasing down super-slow tight end (and former Panther) Jeff King as he rumbled for a 48-yard touchdown in the Panthers 28-21 loss to Arizona Sunday.

"I've got to give Jon credit. He was going 100 miles an hour when he went down," Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. "It's just a shame thing. It's a freak thing. He's a warrior and I'll take those guys seven days a week."

Actually, the worst part is probably that Beason was rushed back -- Beason had surgery on his Achilles just a few weeks ago and, as my colleague Ryan Wilson noted then, was jeopardizing his consecutive-start streak by doing so.

Now that start streak is completely out the window, as Beason

"You can pretty much imagine what it’s going to be like to lose a leader like Jon," said Carolina outside linebacker Thomas Davis, via Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com. "He's a guy who comes in day-in and day-out and gives you everything he has. It’s going to be extremely tough for us. But we have some guys who have to step up now."

The guy who will be asked to fill Beason's shoes is Dan Connor, a guy who saw a ton of playing time last year and who's a capable run-stopper. He's not nearly the player Beason is, of course, so the loss remains tremendous for the Panthers in terms of their defense being able to do what Rivera wants it to.

And the need to get Beason back by Week 1 -- clearly a concern -- suddenly looms like a large mistake.

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Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:40 pm

Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers continued their offseason spending spree on Friday, giving strong safety Charles Godfrey a five-year, $27.5 million extension that includes $12.4 million in guaranteed money.

That's according to our Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed, who also earlier reported that Godfrey was named one of the team's captains for 2011, along with tackle Jordan Gross, wide receiver Steve Smith, linebacker Jon Beason, punter Jason Baker and linebacker Thomas Davis.

“He’s on top of the world and he’s thrilled because this is what he wanted," Godfrey's agent Doug Hendrickson told Reed. "He really loves the new defense and the staff and everything about the organization. They stepped up big time."

He should be. Godfrey's one of several Panthers -- including Beason, Davis, defensive end Charles Johnson, running back DeAngelo Williams and linebacker James Anderson -- to pick up a big-time financial commitment from Carolina this offseason.

In 43 starts since being drafted in the third round of 2008, Godfrey's racked up 157 tackles, seven interceptions (including five in 2010) and six forced fumbles.

And though some folks might wonder why a 2-14 team would be slinging around so much cash for a group of players that didn't produce all that much in 2010, aside from Williams, the Panthers have made their significant investments into a defense that was much better than the team's record would indicate.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Jon Beason has surgery, wants to play in Week 1

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Injuries are not only jeopardizing the likelihood some players will be on the field to start the season, they're are also consecutive-game streaks that could be snapped, too.

The most obvious example: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is still recovering from offseason neck surgery, has made 227 consecutive starts. Then there's linebacker Jon Beason, less prominent, but an integral part of the Panthers defense nonetheless. He underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

Beason signed a five-year, $52 million extension the day before training camp, and has played in all 64 games since the Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.

The hope, like Manning and the Colts, is that he'll be ready by Week 1.

"We're still hoping for the opener," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "It was to alleviate the discomfort. As he goes through the rehab portion of it these next few days, then we'll see how he is has he's running around."

The Panthers' Week 1 opponent? The Arizona Cardinals, who are hoping to have one of their best defenders back in time for the game, too.

No word on whether team owner Jerry Richardson has questioned Beason about tats, jewelry or haircuts.

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Posted on: June 12, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Hot Routes 6.12.11: Would Tressel like a do-over?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In 2006, the Browns reached out to former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to see if he’d possibly be interested in taking over their head coaching position. Even though Jim Brown was the one who made the original exploration, apparently, Tressel never was interested. I wonder if he’d be interested today.
  • Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made his first public comments about the BCS stripping USC of the 2004 national championship. Strangely enough, he didn’t seem all that contrite about it. "Just watch the comments of the players," Carroll said in an interview on 710 ESPN. "They know who won, who didn't. [Matt] Leinart and Lofa Tatupu and those guys, they all know. The whole thing is so unfortunate."
  • Former Chiefs great Christian Okoye penned an opinion piece for the Kansas City Star asking the owners to end the lockout for the fans.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Jury sides with Beason in civil trial, awards $1

Posted by Will Brinson

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has been involved in an ongoing civil trial over the past 10 days or so, as a man named George Frye accused Beason of hitting him in a Charlotte's finest gentlemen's club, the Uptown Cabaret.

Frye claimed that he told another Panthers' player he'd seen Beason and a woman doing cocaine at a Lake Norman, NC party and that Beason got really mad and hit him. Beason testified on Wednesday that he took a swing at Frye but there's "no way" he made contact.

And on Thursday, per Joe Pearson of the Charlotte Observer, the jury agreed with the Panthers player, awarding no damages to Frye and deciding that Frye slandered Beason.

As a result, the jury awarded Beason damages in the amount of ... one dollar! Why so low? Because that's what Beason requested.

"I think I'm more mature because of it," Beason said. "Hopefully, he'll learn a lesson here too. I wish [Frye] well."

Which, frankly, strikes me as the best thing about this whole trial. Look, it's outstanding that justice got her service on, and that an NFL player wasn't dragged through the mud in an instance where he was falsely accused.

But the fact that Beason took the high ground and just demanded $1, well, for whatever reason, it just kills me.

And yeah, there's probably a lesson here about "being famous and not swinging at dudes in a strip club even if they accuse you of doing cocaine" that everyone should be learning, but I can't get the past Beason basically demanding that the guy buy him a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger after forcing him to go to court for 10 days.

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 5:20 pm

Beason tried to hit strip club patron but missed

BeasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers LB Jon Beason is in the middle of a civil trial brought by a man who’s suing Beason for allegedly hitting him at a strip club in 2009 after the man previously had accused Beason of snorting cocaine.

On Tuesday, Beason testified that he really, really, really wanted to hit Gregory Frye because he was so enraged – and, in fact, he even tried to hit him – but ultimately didn’t touch him.

“There’s no way I hit him,” Beason said, via the Charlotte Observer.

Closing arguments between the two sides’ lawyers are scheduled for today, and then the jury (made up of eight women and four men) will deliberate and deliver a decision. More from the article:

The jury must also weigh testimony from a detective who said a criminal assault charge was not prosecutable because of a lack of witnesses and Frye's lack of credibility. The jury was not allowed to hear the detective describe an interview with a woman who said Frye had once plotted to provoke a fight with a pro basketball player so Frye could sue. …

Beason said he was "blown away" when friends told him at the strip club about Frye's allegations of cocaine use. Then, he said, he got angry and went to confront Frye.

"Your reputation is all you have. Your name is all you have," Beason testified.

That’s when Beason said he and Frye bumped chests and then Beason went to hit Frye. But his personal chef held his arm and the punch did not connect. Beason also admitted he shouldn’t have tried to hit Frye in the first place.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m. EST: No verdict was announced Wednesday, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Court is in recess until Thursday morning.

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