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Injured Giant Jon Beason lauds linebackers' chemistry

Giants offensive linebacker Jon Beason leaves the field

Giants offensive linebacker Jon Beason leaves the field after the team's 27-13 win against the Green Bay Packers in an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 17, 2013. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

LANDOVER, Md. - Jon Beason missed his second straight game with a foot problem that initially kept him out of the entire preseason. But the Giants' middle linebacker is aiming to be back in the lineup when the Giants play the Falcons next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Not that the Giants have suffered a drop-off with Beason out of the lineup. Quite the contrary, they're 2-0 without him, and the defense has played very well in back-to-back wins over Houston and Washington.

"Chemistry is huge, and the linebackers are playing well as a unit. I'm proud of them," Beason said. "I love to see my fellow teammates go out and play well, have big games, and you just want to do your part and contribute. Right now, my part is trying to get healthy so I can contribute."

The Giants have responded to Beason's absence by moving strong-side linebacker Jameel McClain to Beason's spot at middle linebacker, with Mark Herzlich moving to McClain's spot on the outside.

Beason was listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game, but he knew Tuesday he wouldn't play.

"It was a thing where, going into it, you want to be able to finish the game. It just didn't feel that good on Tuesday based on the limited plays that I had," he said. "You just make a decision. Now I have 10 days [between games], so I can gear it toward my next practice. You want to look Coach [Tom Coughlin] in the eye, and I want to say, 'Coach, I can start and finish the game.' You don't want to start and come out."

Beason started against Arizona in Week 2, but he couldn't finish the game. He aggravated the foot problem in the regular-season opener against Detroit. Now he hopes he'll be back for the Atlanta game.

"I would say so. I'm aiming for that, no question," he said. "You take advantage of the time off and see how it feels. You miss the whole preseason, conditioning becomes a factor. Mental reps, too. I hope I'll be ready to go."

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