Good to hear Beason is out there getting it done, I am very hopeful about his recovery.
Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason was back on the field Tuesday and back in the middle of the action.
Participating in team drills for the first time this spring following Achilles surgery last fall, Beason intercepted a Cam Newton pass during 11-on-11 work near the end of the Panthers' first minicamp practice.
Beason, who ruptured his left Achilles in Week 1 last season, was limited to individual drills and installation walk-throughs during the three weeks of organized team activities (OTAs) practices.
“It was good to see him moving around,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.
“Really, the biggest thing was just his conditioning. He was winded. He's done all the installation stuff. But he was out there. And you could see he had a little adrenaline rush going. He was all fired up to get that last extra set of reps. He (asked) out just because he was gassed.”
Beason made a nice read on his interception of Newton, who was throwing down the middle of the field.
“A natural play,” Rivera said. “Somebody else might not make that play. But I think guys with his kind of his experience and his kind of ability make that. And that's what he saw. He made a nice move on the ball and a nice play.”
While Beason returned, weakside linebacker Thomas Davis rode a stationary bike and did some leg-strengthening exercises before leaving practice early. Davis is attempting to become the first player in NFL history to return from three ACL surgeries on the same knee
Defensive end Charles Johnson (knee), defensive tackle Ron Edwards (biceps) and offensive tackle Jeff Otah (knee) all were held out.
Undrafted wideouts Brenton Bersin and Michael Avila are both sidelined with hamstring injuries.