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Minutes: Beason ready to run

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Jon Beason chats up one of the game officials prior to Thursday's 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / PANTHERS.COM)


CHARLOTTE -- In this, the "Year of the Tweet," it figures that at least one Panther uses Twitter to update fans on his recuperation from injury. But 140 characters only provided Jon Beason enough room for this:

They said it couldn't been done, they said it wasn't enough time.... Ha we'll see in due time.

Using more traditional means -- i.e., talking to reporters -- Beason expounded upon those words Thursday with a more forceful prediction on his Week 1 status.

"I don't have any doubt that I'll be ready for the game," he said. "I've still got nine days."

In the meantime, Beason has to start running.

"We're going to get out there this weekend when everyone's gone on their break, and I'll be out there running and seeing how this thing feels," Beason said. "But it feels great.

"It's not really sore. It's just scarring down. But it feels real good. That's the best way I can put it. We will see."

Beason's confidence is rooted in his last recovery from a sprained knee, when he was at the University of Miami.

"The fact that I've done it before and knew how fast I came back, I knew it was possible," he said. "I'm just happy it happened when it did. I don't want to miss any time. But it happened; it's behind us."

A FELLOW TWITTERER is running back Jonathan Stewart, but he has been more reticent about providing updates on his recovery from an Achilles problem that has dogged him since organized team activities.

Stewart missed the entire preseason and said he will "hopefully" be ready to play in the regular season, but that the soreness in the Achilles has not left.

"It's my second year missing a lot of training camp," he said. "The good thing is mentally I have the playbook and stuff like that tucked under my belt. Because of that, it's been a lot easier; I haven't been worried about plays or anything like that, but it's been frustrating to not be out there and improve in areas that I know I can improve in."

STEWART'S ABSENCE OPENED THE DOOR for rookie Mike Goodson to contribute heavily in the preseason. Goodson ended up leading the Panthers in yards from acrimmage with 248 -- 197 rushing and 51 on eight receptions. Goodson's rushing tally was nearly as much as the Panthers' other three running backs combined; DeAngelo Williams, Decori Birmingham and Jamall Lee picked up 204 yards and four tochdowns among them.

SPLIT SECONDS: Quarterback Hunter Cantwell led Panthers passers in preseason rating with a 101.0 mark. He flung the only touchdown pass of the preseason, to Jason Chery against the Giants on Aug. 17 ... The newest Panther, defensive tackle Louis Leonard, played throughout the second and third quarters at defensive tackle ... Everette Brown, Corvey Irvin and Charles Johnson each logged solo sacks. Johnson and defensive tackle Nick Hayden split another sack ... The Panthers, like all NFL teams, must trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday.