Patriots to place Martellus Bennett on injured reserve

Tricia Pearson
November 29, 2017

The New England Patriots have placed former Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett and special teams ace Nate Ebner on injured reserve. Bennett explained in an Instagram post that he felt like the doctor was pressuring him to play through his shoulder injury when Bennett wanted surgery.

Bennett had just 233 receiving yards in seven games with the Packers before questions arose about his shoulder injury. Bennett was allegedly cut by the Packers for failure to disclose an injury. After a odd exit from the Green Bay Packers over his shoulder, Bennett signed very quickly with the Patriots a few weeks ago. He recorded 6 catches for 53 yards on 24 snaps this season with the Patriots. The Patriots will move forward with Dwayne Allen getting the bulk of the work as the primary back up to Rob Gronkowski while pushing Jacob Hollister to the third string spot in place of Bennett.

The 30-year-old has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that forced him to miss Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. After considering retirement during the season, he might have played his last game.

While he was a non-factor in the offense in the first half of the season, Allen has caught at least one pass the last three games for the Patriots, including a touchdown.

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The Patriots have plenty of depth at tight end.

Even though Bennett could have been a help for the Patriots, they are certainly capable of playing well without him as shown this season.

Bennett had been a limited participant in practice on November 22, but then didn't practice the next two days and was inactive for Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins.

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