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LB Jon Beason, who once again aggravated a toe injury on his right foot, is contemplating season-ending surgery.
Beason, speaking to WFAN Radio in New York from Charlotte, N.C., where he was in town to consult with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, admitted that he was frustrated by his inability to push through an entire game because of the toe.
"Right now, I'd say it's 50-50," Beason said concerning having season-ending surgery. "I'm still deciding if the smart thing is to go ahead and get it fixed and get ready for next season."
Beason originally suffered the injury during a team OTA on June 12, fracturing the sesamoid bone and tearing a ligament in the toe.
The latest X-rays taken of his foot when he left Sunday's game against Dallas were negative, but he was still unable to return to the game, the second time this season he's been unable to make it through an entire game.
"In all honesty I've been playing without a crucial ligament in my big toe," he said. "It's progressively gotten worse over the last couple games."
Beason, originally a first-round draft pick by the Panthers, was traded to New York last year in exchange for a seventh round draft pick.
Once a dominating inside linebacker, Beason has suffered through some serious lower body injuries including a ruptured Achilles and a knee issue for which he had microfracture surgery.
The toe injury, which forced him to miss all of training camp and the entire preseason, is the latest in a long, frustrating line of ailments for the 29-year-old former Miami (Fla.) standout whom the Giants re-signed as a free agent this offseason to a three-year deal worth $16.8 million with a little over $6 million in guarantees.
Beason has tried numerous combinations of orthopedics to enable him to play this season, but he appears to be slowly coming to the conclusion that even if he finds the fight footwear, he might not be able to perform at the level he expects of himself.
"It takes one thing to get it feeling good, but can I be myself and be productive?" Beason said. "You try to get out there and help the team. Obviously right now things aren't going well and we need to get it turned around immediately. We got the bye week and you want to take the time to decide if that's the best course of action.
"We'll do what we have to do to address the issue. If it's not this year, it will be next year and you fix and you do what you got to do," he added.
Beason said he expects to make a decision regarding whether to have surgery before the Giants return from their bye week.
Amidst the Giants rocky season, one bright spot has been the quiet re-emergence of quarterback Eli Manning.
Through seven games, Manning has completed 64.9 percent of his pass attempts for 1573 yards, an average of 7.0 yards over pass attempt.
He has also thrown 14 touchdowns hand has drastically cut down his interceptions from 15 at this point in the season last year to just five in 2014.
What's been the biggest reason for Manning's increased efficiency?
"Probably his footwork," said quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf. "I think he is playing at high level and I think improved footwork has really helped out. He is obviously worked hard at that part of it, and that is a little bit different than what he was used to with the other system.
"We teach it a little bit differently. I think that is probably the biggest area in how fast he has been playing is his footwork."
Langsdorf praised Manning, an 11-year veteran, for rolling up his sleeves and thrusting himself headfirst into learning a completely different offensive system with many parts being foreign to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
"He has really put a lot of time into learning the system," Langsdorf said. "The thing about what we are doing offensively is so much of it is tied into the footwork. That really is telling him where to go with the ball and the timing, which he needs to get it to a receiver. That has been a big part of it, not that he is learning a lot of new concepts.
"Football, there is not a lot of new things in football these days anyway. The way we read, the progression of the way he is reading the playthere are a lot of different factors. We just teach it a little different maybe than how he had it in the past. He has spent a ton of time, really done a great job preparing and working at learning and getting comfortable in the offense."
The Giants hosted 15 free agents for a workout during their bye week, a workout consisting of mostly offensive skill players.
Among the more noticeable names were former Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor, former Chiefs receiver Jon Baldwin, former Cowboys running back Felix Jones, former Packers and Jets running back Alex Green, former Eagles running back Dion Lewis, and former Lions kicker Nate Freese.
BY THE NUMBERS: 871 - Total number of yards on offense that the Giants defense surrendered to the Eagles and Dallas over the last two weeks.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I think we can do it; we just have to believe." - Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on if the Giants can win their remaining nine games.