Jon Beason hopes to be back at practice next week

Jon Beason is on the comeback trail and if the Carolina Panthers middle linebacker has his way, he won’t miss the season opener.

Although Beason is only a week removed from minor surgery on his foot, he hopes to be back on the practice field next week and running the defense for the Sept. 11 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

"I feel pretty good," Beason said, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. "I want to be moving pretty fast (by) mid-next week. Hopefully, I'll be ready for preparation for the Cardinals."

Beason hasn’t missed a game in his four-year career. His foot became an issue during May when he was training during the lockout. Doctors determined he had a bone bruise in is heel and three screws were inserted to strengthen the bone and reduce inflammation.

"It just gradually got worse through training and not sitting still (or) listening to my body. It got to the point where I couldn't do anything," Beason said. "That's when you start to run to the docs and get treatment. But by then it's already so inflamed.

"Essentially, when I get out there it's not going to be magic where I'm just going to plug right in and not make mistakes," he said. "The biggest thing I'm concerned about now is just conditioning."

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