Beason going on IR should finally open up the middle linebacking job for superstar in the making Luke Kuechly. Panthers placed MLB Jon Beason on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season. He needs knee and shoulder surgeries. Signed to a six-year, $51.338 million extension in July 2011, Beason will finish 2011-12 having appeared in just five games. Still only 27, Beason should be ready for camp next summer, but coming off Achilles and knee injuries, it's quite possible he'll never be the same after making three consecutive Pro Bowls between 2008-10.