Jon Beason's season is over. Of course, it never really began.
The Giants' middle linebacker will have season-ending surgery to repair an injury to his right foot that first was suffered in the spring and has hampered him since. Beason spent the entire preseason on the physically unable to perform list and was active for only four of the Giants' first seven games. He said last week in a radio interview that there was a 50-50 chance he would require surgery.
"That had to be," coach Tom Coughlin said of what became the inevitability of surgery. "Let's get him right."
Beason is the second Giants captain to have season-ending surgery, following wide receiver Victor Cruz. Beason's surgery has not yet been scheduled.
"We move [Jameel] McClain in there and we keep going," Coughlin said. "Hopefully, we're not going to lose anything in terms of his presence. I think he's probably going to have to be away for a little bit, but then he'll return and we'll have him in meetings, etc. I'm looking forward to that part."
The initial injury to Beason was a ligament tear and a small fracture to his sesamoid bone during an OTA workout June 12. He aggravated it by stepping on someone's foot in the Week 2 loss against the Cardinals. After missing the next three games, he returned against the Eagles, when the Giants say he re-aggravated the injury. He was active against the Cowboys but left the game in the first quarter.
Coughlin said the recent aggravations were not exactly the same injury as the one in the spring, but clearly they were all part of the same situation.
The Giants traded for Beason last year and signed him to a three-year, $16.8-million contract during the offseason. The oft-injured linebacker, 29, has played in only 22 games in the last four seasons.
McClain filled in for Beason during all of training camp and for most of the snaps in the regular season.
"My role is my role," McClain said. "My role has been what it's always been, to go in there and play wherever necessary, to go in any position. I don't know what it changes in a leadership role for me. I think I'll just continue to be myself and continue to play linebacker . . . That's just who I am and that's just what I'm accustomed to being."