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Practice report: Jon Beason 'ready to go'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants list linebacker Jon Beason as questionable for Sunday night's game in Philadelphia, but in Beason's mind, the questions have already been answered.

"If called upon, I'll be ready to go," Beason said Friday after going through another limited day of practice.

Jon Beason

Jon Beason

#52 LB
New York Giants

2014 STATS

  • Tot8
  • Solo4

  • Ast4

  • FF0

  • Sack0.0

  • Int0

Even if Beason is able to return, after missing the past three games with a foot injury, the Giants have a new injury concern on the defensive side. Defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., who doesn't start but has contributed in every game, missed practice Friday because of neck spasms.

Ayers refused to discuss the injury or his prospects of playing Sunday night, but coach Tom Coughlin admitted to some concern.

"Hopefully, he'll be fine," Coughlin said.

Not surprisingly, the Giants announced that both running back Rashad Jennings (knee) and linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) are out of Sunday's game. They listed Beason and Ayers as questionable while listing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and punter Steve Weatherford as probable.

Jennings, who was hurt in Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons, said he hoped to persuade team officials to allow him to travel to Philadelphia for the game, something he realized was unlikely.

"Obviously, I want to be on the field," Jennings said. "I'm still out there with them, just not physically."

Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers

#91 DE
New York Giants

2014 STATS

  • Tot9
  • Solo8

  • Ast1

  • FF0

  • Sack2.0

  • Int0

Jennings is likely to miss at least a couple of weeks, but he won't put an estimate on when he'll be able to return.

"At this point, it's so hard to tell," he said. "Nobody in this organization wants me to play more than I want to play."

The same might be said for Beason, and unlike Jennings, he was able to go through practice this week.

"It feels good," Beason said. "When it feels good, you go out and push it harder, and when I did that, it felt good."

Beason said his goal is to be ready to play every snap on defense, although he admitted it's possible that plan may need to be adapted. He also said the Giants medical staff has done what it can to protect the toe.

"We've got a secret weapon," Beason said. "It's like a glass slipper, a special shoe."

As for Ayers, the only thing he would discuss was the game itself. In fact, he may have been the one Giants player more interested in talking about the Eagles than about himself.

"I hate everybody we play against," Ayers said.

Yes, but will he be playing?

Donnell sits ... in fantasy: You know the story about how Giants tight end Larry Donnell benched himself on his fantasy football team and then caught three touchdown passes? Well, Donnell played himself last week and didn't catch a pass.

This week, he said, he's back on the fantasy bench.

"If I sit myself, it works out best for everybody," he said. "I'm going to test it out, because the first time it went well. If it's not broke, don't fix it."