Panthers' Beason: 'If I had to do it all over again ... I would'

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason will be placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a torn left Achilles' tendon, suffered in Carolina's loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Beason had surgery two weeks before the season opener to alleviate inflammation in his left foot. But he wrote on his blog Tuesday that he doesn't believe he rushed back too soon.

"If I had to do it all over again, and go into that game with my Achilles injury, I would," Beason wrote. "Because football defines who I am. Sometimes you have to do something that you've never done to get something you've never had. The motivating factor is simple for me. To win, and not fear failure. A lot of people say, hey, he rushed back too soon. But actually, I didn't. I told my teammates and myself that I would only play if I could help the team. I felt ready to do that. Myself and the Panthers' medical staff were convinced that I was healthy enough to play in the opener versus the Cardinals."

To help shore up their defense, the Panthersreached a deal with veteran nose tackle Ron Fields on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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