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Jon Beason is 50/50 on having toe surgery

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. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Giants may be losing another captain to season-ending surgery.

Linebacker Jon Beason was in Charlotte to see foot specialist Robert Anderson on Tuesday and said in a radio interview that it is "50-50" he will require surgery to fix the toe injury that has bothered him since the spring.

"We're still deciding if the smart thing is . . . to go ahead and get it fixed and get ready for next season," Beason said in his weekly appearance on WFAN.

Beason said he is playing "without a crucial ligament in my big toe." He suffered the initial injury to the area in the spring and aggravated it in Week 2 against the Cardinals when he stepped awkwardly on someone else's foot. He missed the following three games and played in the last two, but on Sunday against the Cowboys, he came out of the game in the first quarter and did not return.

"I guess the word would be frustrated," Beason said. "You do everything you can to battle back and I had the setback against the Cardinals . . . It's gotten progressively worse over the last couple of games."

Beason would be the latest loss for the Giants this season. Last week, they put offensive captain Victor Cruz on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon. They've also lost starters Walter Thurmond III (pectoral) and Trumaine McBride (thumb) to season-ending injuries in the secondary and likely will be without starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf) for several weeksBeason said Anderson wants to take a closer look at the MRI and the CT scan of the toe before making a recommendation, most likely Wednesday.

"We'll do what we have to do to address the issue," Beason said. "If it's not this year it'll be next year [in the offseason] and you fix it and you do what you have to do."

Schwartz to play if ready

Geoff Schwartz will be playing on the offensive line once he gets the medical clearance.

"I would think he's not going to stand on the sideline," offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said of Schwartz, who is eligible to play his first game for the Giants on Nov. 3 against the Colts. Whether he will or not is more up to the doctors than the coaches.

"Is he ready to play 75 plays? That's the question," Flaherty said. "It's more of a medical, conditioning situation that we have to evaluate."

Schwartz has spent the first half of the season on short-term injured reserve with a dislocated toe.

"I'll be excited to see where he's at next week when I can get my hands on him," Flaherty said.

Giant steps

As they usually do during the bye week, the Giants invited a large number of free agents in for workouts. YesterdayTuesday's list included some intriguing names such as former Cowboys RB Felix Jones and former Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor. Although Pryor worked out for the Bengals last week as a wide receiver, the Giants looked at him exclusively as a quarterback . . . Defensive line coach Robert Nunn said he wants to get Damontre Moore "more at-bats" but needs to see improvement against the run. Nunn said he wishes he could "fast-forward" Moore's development there.

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