Jon Beason will meet with a foot specialist on Monday to determine whether he needs surgery, but either way, the Giants' starting middle linebacker will be sidelined for about three months and could miss the regular-season opener.
Beason suffered a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during Thursday's organized team activity practice. According to the Giants, he had X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he was examined by team physician Russell Warren and HSS foot and ankle specialist Martin O'Malley.
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On Monday, Beason will undergo further examination by foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. A determination then will be made regarding the next steps in the repair and rehabilitation from the injury.
Regardless of whether surgery is required, recovery is expected to take about 12 weeks. The Giants open the regular season in Detroit on Sept. 8, exactly 12 weeks from Monday.
"The prognosis is X amount of time and [the opener] is within that time frame,'' Beason said. "I expect to be back [for that game]. If not, I'll be back as soon as I can. That's really how you have to look at it. If it's not 16 [games played], maybe it's 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.''
Beason was worried that it might be none when he first felt the injury while dropping into pass coverage during the next-to-last OTA workout.
"It's just one of those things. You have freak injuries,'' Beason said. "I literally felt like I stepped in like a sprinkler head hole . . . I had a bad feeling. I really felt that I had torn the extensor, which is the tendon with the muscle; it's how your big toe functions. That would have been season-ending.''
The Giants most likely will move veteran free-agent acquisition Jameel McClain to middle linebacker until Beason returns. They also have Mark Herzlich and rookies Devon Kennard and Dan Fox at the position.
Anderson, the foot specialist, is the team orthopedist of the Panthers, the team Beason played for from 2007 until his trade to the Giants last fall. Anderson operated on Beason's torn Achilles tendon in 2011. He also was the surgeon who performed the arthroscopic procedure on Eli Manning's ankle this spring. Manning was expected to miss six weeks after that surgery but returned to the field in roughly half that time.