Rivera Not Sure If LB Beason Will Get His Job Back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says he isn’t sure if three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason will return to the starting lineup Oct. 6 when the Panthers visit the Arizona Cardinals.
Carolina (1-2) has a bye this week. Rivera quietly changed up the starting lineup on Sunday, replacing Beason — who’s struggling to get back healthy following knee surgery last October — with veteran Chase Blackburn at weak side linebacker.
The move worked out well as the Panthers sacked Eli Manning seven times and forced three turnovers in a 38-0 rout of the New York Giants.
Beason only played one snap on defense. While it’s hard to imagine Rivera making a change following a shutout, he left his options open saying “we’ll have to wait and see” who’ll start against Arizona.
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