The New York Giant's linebacker Jon Beason had been out for the team's second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a sprained knee.
Beason is being counted on to play key roles for Giants this season. It is now starting to look more likely that he will miss another regular season game. He was absent during New York's practice on Wednesday and also missed last Sunday's game because he reportedly did not think he could play at the level he wanted.
The Giants decided to have undrafted free agent Uani' Unga fill in Beason's place. He stepped in and led the team with 71 defensive snaps. Unga was able to hold his own but he was eventually caught out of position on several passing plays over the middle, which includes the final touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Jason Witten.
However, a new report by NJ.com said that Beason was finally present for the Giants' practice on Thursday. The starting middle linebacker did some light work with his teammates on the sidelines.
"Beason is going to do a little work on the side today, so we'll see. We'll have an idea what's going to happen there." Giants coach Tom Coughlin mentioned prior to Thursday's practice.
The 30-year-old Beason was listed as a limited participant in practice and appeared to be running without limitations in the short clip shared in the abovementioned report. His participation should give the Giants a good look on whether Beason will be available on Sunday for the team's home opener versus the Atlanta Falcons.
His presence would also be a major boost to the Giants defense. The linebacker is the team's defensive captain and could have been able to make a difference for the team's unsuccessful game against the Cowboys last weekend.
Another Giants player to miss Wednesday's practice is Daniel Fells. The tight end is current recovering from a foot injury. During Week 1, Fells split reps with fellow tight end Larry Donnell, with both of them receiving four targets each. Although Fells and Donnell hauled in three catches apiece, the former outgained the latter 33 to 21 yards.
Fells' foot injury could likely tip the balance of their timeshare within the New York Giants' offense. His absence could also allow Jerome Cunningham to be included in this week's roster. Apart from Fells, Donnell and Cunningham are the only other tight ends on the Giants' active roster.