That is the recovery time to play not the time it takes to get back to 100%. Most players never do and those that do often take at least 1 or 2 years. Takeo Spikes took 3 seasons and Ryans in still in the middle of it. I hope I am wrong but I am not looking for Beason to be 100% this year. And lets be honest, Beason at 85% is not better than a guy at 100%. I think linebacker is actually going to be one of our thinnest positions this year when everything is said and done. It is a shame we have invested so much and injuries have taken away our best linebackers.
Being as objective as possible, the study many of our achilles-recovery stats come from was based on data from nearly 10 years ago. No time to look up & link at the moment, sorry. The average age of players was 29 and (as noted) some of this group were larger linemen. Takeo Spikes is a worthwhile comparison, but Beason has shown to be a good healer in the past. I'm cautiously optimistic that by mid-season Beason will be much closer to 90-95% back. As he gets playing time, therapy, and familiarity in the system I think his productivity will improve significantly. But we are seriously thin at linebacker. Drafting or acquiring done solid, high ceiling prospects is in order.