DETROIT -- Middle linebacker Jon Beason, who missed all of training camp while rehabbing a foot injury, will start for the New York Giants in their season opener Monday night against the Lions in Detroit.
Beason was not listed among the inactive players when they were announced an hour and a half before the game. It had been expected that he would start and play after he made it through a week of practice last week. The question becomes how much Beason will be able to play without having had a training camp. It's unlikely he'll play as many snaps as he would if he were fully healthy and coming off a normal preseason. But the Giants are comfortable if they have to move starting strongside linebacker Jameel McClain inside and play rookie Devon Kennard on the strong side.
There were a couple of surprises on the inactives list. First of all, rookie defensive tackle Jay Bromley is inactive. I had thought Bromley would be up as a fourth defensive tackle since Markus Kuhn is out with a shoulder injury, but apparently he's not ready. That leaves the Giants with only three true defensive tackles for what they would normally prefer to be a four-man rotation -- Johnathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. The Giants do use defensive ends such as Robert Ayers, Mathias Kiwanuka and even Jason Pierre-Paul on occasion as defensive tackles on passing downs, and it's possible one of those guys could see more snaps than usual on the inside.
Also inactive are offensive linemen Charles Brown (shoulder), James Brewer (back) and Adam Snyder, who was just signed this week. That leaves Dallas Reynolds and Brandon Mosley as the only two backup offensive linemen, and Mosley's missed a lot of practice time recently with a back injury. John Jerry is starting in Mosley's place at right guard and may have just taken over that job due to Mosley's injury anyway. So an injury to one of the starting offensive linemen during Monday's game could be a huge problem.
The full list of inactives:
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
DT Markus Kuhn
OT Charles Brown
OL James Brewer
OL Adam Snyder
DT Jay Bromley
DE Kerry Wynn