Jon Beason's foot injury is more serious than he thought.
The starting middle linebacker will not be on the field when the Giants host the Houston Texans on Sunday, and coach Tom Coughlin indicated that the injury might be something that he has to play with for the rest of the season.
Beason was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday having his right foot evaluated by foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson. Beason came out of last week's game against Arizona after aggravating an injury that kept him sidelined for 12 weeks during the summer. When he flew to Charlotte, his foot was feeling better and he was hoping to get good news. Instead, after Beason called head trainer Ronnie Barnes to provide an update, Coughlin told reporters it was decided he couldn't play.
The absence of the Giants' defensive captain could hurt on Sunday as the Texans have a rushing attack that is ranked eighth in the league with 151.5 yards per game. Houston also has run the ball more than any other team in the NFL, averaging 40.0 attempts.
Linebacker Jameel McClain likely will shift over and start in Beason's place, with Mark Herzlich or Spencer Paysinger stepping in on the outside.
McClain was unaware of Beason's status until reporters informed him after practice on Friday. He said he is ready to play wherever the team needs him.
"You prepare the same way you prepare every week. I always study all the positions and try to make myself aware of where this defense is," McClain said. "It's not really a big shift for me."
Coughlin did not say when he thinks Beason will be back, adding that there is no timetable.
Beason originally suffered a ligament tear and a small fracture to the sesamoid in his right foot during an OTA workout on June 12. He saw Anderson at that time, and the doctor recommended no surgery. Now it's unclear what Beason's prognosis is.
"You have to probably fight through something like this for the duration," Coughlin said. "Here's a guy that is tough and gritty. He'll go out there as soon as he can."
Notes & quotes: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Devon Kennard, who have hamstring injuries, are out for Sunday's game. Punter Steve Weatherford (ankle) and offensive linemen James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) are questionable. Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn is probable . . . Old-school coach Coughlin showed his wild and crazy side when he let some decidedly non-old-school rap blast at practice. Coughlin showed his true colors later, however, when someone mentioned something about an iPod. Said Coughlin, "What's an iPod? . . . I see everyone with these things sticking out of their ears. You need music to run?"