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Jon Beason hopeful that he will be cleared to play Sunday after visit with foot specialist

Giants linebacker Jon Beason looks on during practice

Giants linebacker Jon Beason looks on during practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on July 24, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Jon Beason will be in Charlotte on Friday. He could be on the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants starting middle linebacker, who came out of last week's game against Arizona after aggravating a foot and toe injury that had sidelined him for 12 weeks during the summer, has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Texans. Although he has not practiced this week or even gone for a jog, he is hopeful that he will get a green light after being examined by foot specialist Robert Anderson.

"I feel like I could go out there and take care of business,'' Beason said. "I'm active in the meetings, I know the game plan, I'm still studying and preparing as if I'm playing on Sunday.''

Beason aggravated the injury when he stepped on another player's foot late in the third quarter of the Cardinals game. "I felt a pop,'' he said. "It scared me right away.''

He said it feels "drastically better'' now than it did earlier in the week, but the MRI of the affected area was not clear enough to rule out any refracture of the sesamoid bone of his big toe. There was too much scar tissue in the area to get a good look.

Anderson, who recommended against surgery to repair the initial injury in June, will be able to have a better feel after a physical examination, Beason said.

If Beason is unable to play, the Giants likely will move Jameel McClain into the middle, as they did throughout training camp, and use Mark Herzlich or Spencer Paysinger on the outside. Rookie Devon Kennard likely would have been ahead of Paysinger and Herzlich on the depth chart, but he's sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Tom Coughlin likely would not have any issues with Beason being on the field without practicing this week, given that he started in the opener without playing all preseason.

"He looked good running around,'' Coughlin said of Beason's first two games. "Had great energy. Missed a lot of practice time, so I'm not going to tell you he was in as good of game condition as he could have been, but he looked very good.''

Even if Beason is ready to play Sunday, it might be smart for the Giants to hold him out. The game is being played on the artificial turf at MetLife Stadium, which will increase the pounding on the foot. Plus, the Giants have a divisional game on a short week when they play in Washington next Thursday. That game will be played on grass.

The Giants need to strike the balance of Beason missing a game or two now against the risk of potentially losing him for the season. Which is why although the door remains open for Beason's return on Sunday, no one has walked through it yet.

Said Beason, "Based on how I feel, I want to make sure everything's good and we'll determine when is a good time to come back.''

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