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Rivera said Beason originally sprained his knee in Week 3 loss to the New York Giants and tried to play through it.

“It just seemed to bother him more and more and when he got the initial MRI one of the ideas was to rest it and see how it was,” Rivera said. “That’s why he had the last couple of games off. It didn’t get any better so the concern was it was worsening, so the decision was made to do something about it.”

Beason tore his labrum in the New Orleans game and he’s played with it since. Earlier in the week Gamble was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder, too.

“He’s battled through it the best he can,” Rivera said of Beason.

Kuechly said he has great respect for Beason and that the veteran has played a role in his early success this season.

“Even when he was out, Jon was always real helpful,” Kuechly said. “Every time I came off the field he was giving me tip after tip after tip. He’ll still be around, I’m sure. But his presence will be missed on the field.”