Jon Beason continues to recover from a toe injury that has kept him out of action since the spring, but his health took another hit this past week, as he endured a rough bout with food poisoning.
“Yeah, you know, it happens; it happens to the best of us,” the Giants linebacker said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Sometimes you eat something and maybe it was left out. Who knows? But either way, it put me down for a few days. I couldn’t eat anything, couldn’t keep anything down. That set me back a few days, but I’m back. I’m back to being Superman, so I’m good to go.”
Beason said he isn’t sure what made him sick.
“It didn’t hit me right away,” he said. “It was several hours later. I’m really conscious of what I eat, but it can happen. You never know.”
In any event, Beason said he’s close to coming off the PUP list and is staying in shape as best he can.
“The big difference is obviously conditioning,” he said. “You can run and lift and do all that stuff, but there’s nothing like playing football and getting in football shape. That’s the only way to do it. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss camp and miss the preseason, but I still feel confident in where I am physically, and I’m extremely confident where I am mentally to contribute big time on Monday Night Football against the Lions.”
Yes, Beason might go from the PUP list to playing a road game on Monday Night Football against a team that has something to prove after a disappointing 7-9 season.
Talk about going from zero to 100.
“Well, the good thing is I’ve done it before,” Beason said. “And you don’t go from nothing in terms of practice reps and live tackling and getting off blocks and chasing people down and orchestrating the defense, but you do what you can. You have the elliptical. You have the underwater treadmill. You have the zero-gravity treadmill. We have all these different ways of getting a workout in, but it doesn’t directly correlate to the movements of football. That’s the hardest part.”
“It’s extremely frustrating,” Beason continued, “because for a guy like myself, I put a lot of time – especially in the offseason – into being in the best possible shape I can be. Because I know that if I can make a great play once, what makes you special is if you can continue to do that over and over and over again. I expect to be just as strong in the first quarter as I am in the fourth. That’s the part that’s frustrating. But I feel like I have the mental fortitude. And I’ve been doing what I can to stay in some decent shape, so I still feel good and I think I can go out and get the job done.”
Beason, 29, was the 25th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and spent the first 6+ years of his career in Carolina. The Panthers, however, traded him to the Giants last October, meaning Beason missed out on Carolina’s impressive run to an NFC South title.
“You know what, man? You would think it’s bittersweet,” Beason said. “It was only bittersweet that I was part of that. I worked hard (with) those guys. We had a great offseason. We brought in some pieces. We had a good draft. We knew we were on the cusp of something special. And to see those guys go out and go on the type of run they did, it was fun. I was actually happy for them.”
Beason, who was traded for a seventh-round pick, signed a three-year, $17-million contract with the Giants in March. New York started 0-6 last season en route to a 7-9 finish.
Beason has much higher expectations for the Giants this season.
“I think we’re primed to go out and shock some people with what we do in the NFC East,” he said. “Hopefully we can get into the dance.”