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Alex Smith strained shoulder; Beason's season over

The New York Giants' defense will be without stalwart Jon Beason for the rest of the season.

The linebacker will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right foot, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Monday. The procedure has not yet been scheduled.

Beason admitted last week it was "50-50" his season would be over. He first injured his foot over the summer but didn't go under the knife at the time.

Beason signed a three-year, $16.8 million contract this season after he helped key the Giants' defensive turnaround last season. New York hoped he'd provide leadership in the middle of the defense. Sitting at 3-4 and well behind in the NFC East, Big Blue will have to make hay the rest of the way without their leader.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin indicated that Jameel McClain will man Beason's middle linebacker spot moving forward, according to the New York Daily News.

Here is the rest of Monday's injury-related news:

  1. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a shoulder strain but should be fine, Andy Reidannounced. Reid said Smith's shoulder felt "a little tender" on Monday, and they'll see how it goes, adding that the injury occurred in the second half.
  1. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romoleft the third quarter of Monday night's game against the Redskins but returned in the fourth. Coach Jason Garrett said after the game that Romo has a back contusion.

Meanwhile, Justin Durant (arm) exited the matchup and never returned. Owner Jerry Jones said the linebacker's year is likely over with torn biceps.

  1. The Panthers had some good news regarding running back DeAngelo Williams, who has been recovering from a lingering ankle injury. Coach Ron Rivera said the team expects Williams to play Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints in a matchup for first place in the NFC South. "It will be a nice boost," said Rivera. Williams suffered the injury in a Week 4 loss to the Ravens and has missed the last four games.
  1. Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston has a torn ACL, Chicago general manager Phil Emery told reporters. Houston suffered the injury while celebrating a sack of Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo while down 25 points.
  1. Emery also confirmed that guard Matt Slauson tore his right pectoral muscle on Sunday and will miss the season.
  1. The Rams were the recipients of bad news Monday as they learned left tackle Jake Long's season has been cut short again, this time after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
  1. The Lions' vaunted defense was dealt a blow as defensive tackle Nick Fairley has suffered sprains to his MCL and PCL, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per sources informed of the diagnosis. He could return after a month, but there's no firm timetable.
  1. The hits just kept coming for St. Louis as wideout Brian Quick has a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder, according to Rapoport, per two sources informed of the injury. Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Quick is out for the year, adding he will need surgery due to it being a significant injury to his shoulder.
  1. Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is day to day as he recovers from issues with his surgically repaired knee, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. "He'll do everything he can to play," coach Bill O'Brien said.
  1. Colts running back Trent Richardson is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, according toChuck Pagano. Richardson missed practice all of last week after suffering a hamstring injury. Pagano also said he's hopeful wideout Reggie Wayne will practice this week after he was deemed inactive against the Steelers while he dealt with an elbow injury. Vontae Davis is also day to day with a knee injury.
  1. Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmonis out indefinitely with a broken finger, The Florida Times-Union reported.
  1. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will be out a "few weeks" with a foot sprain, coach John Harbaugh said. Though Smith's injury is not Lisfranc-related, Harbaugh said that the corner is out at least through the bye week.
  1. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that Cordarrelle Patterson took off the walking boot on his left foot Monday, per The Star Tribune. Zimmer said Patterson suffered a "bruise" on Sunday, while Patterson noted after the game that the boot was just a precaution.
  1. Browns tight end Jordan Cameronsuffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Raiders. Coach Mike Pettine said they will check Cameron's symptoms and progress on a day-by-day basis; he thinks the tight end was at the facility earlier Monday, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

The Brownsalso added defensive end John Hughes to the IR-recall list after he suffered an MCL injury that will require surgery.

  1. Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Mike Iupati (concussion) has been cleared to practice and Patrick Willis (toe) was limited Monday. Glenn Dorsey (torn triceps) has also returned to practice.
  1. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sprained his wrist in Monday night's win over the Cowboys but was able to return to the game.

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