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Beason hopes to be back for Jets game

By Joseph Person
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

SPARTANBURG – The Panthers began training camp three weeks ago with questions surrounding the health of linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, and broke camp Wednesday with many of the same concerns.

Davis and Beason, coming off season-ending surgeries in 2011, both suffered setbacks that kept them out for long stretches of camp. Beason pulled a hamstring -- an injury he says resulted from overcompensating for his surgically repaired Achilles.

Davis, who has had three ACL surgeries on his right knee, strained his right calf. Davis has resumed individual drills, and coach Ron Rivera hopes he make a full return next week.

Beason hopes to be back for the game against the Jets on Aug. 26.

"That was the timetable we set when I first did it. Obviously, if I don't feel 100 percent, 90 percent's not going to get me on the field for that (Jets) game," Beason said.

But Beason said he would definitely be back for the regular season opener at Tampa Bay.

"For sure," he said.

In another health development, Rivera said DT Andre Neblett has an undisclosed medical condition. Neblett, who worked as a starter the first part of camp, is suspended for the first four regular-season games after testing positive for a banned substance.

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