Patriots place Martellus Bennett on injured reserve

  • Patriots place Martellus Bennett on injured reserve

Patriots place Martellus Bennett on injured reserve

According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots are placing the former Green Bay Packers tight end on season-ending injured reserve. He had meant to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery when the Packers waived him, but he signed with the Patriots instead.

The Packers waived Bennett with a failure to disclose an injury designation on November 8, setting off a firestorm of back-and-forth allegations from Bennett and the team. He had been dealing with a shoulder injury.

The outspoken tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots previous year, his only season in New England. He recorded 6 catches for 53 yards on 24 snaps this season with the Patriots. He started in seven games in Green Bay before a rocky divorce with the club. It now turns out his shoulder and hamstring injuries were too problematic for the tight end to continue.

In his first interview after joining the Patriots, Bennett said: "It was like one of those things, I talked to six or seven doctors about it and it could go either way".

The likable Allen caught his first pass from quarterback Tom Brady - an 11-yard touchdown - in Bennett's first game back in New England.

In addition to Bennett, the Patriots also placed core special teams player Ebner on injured reserve. As a result, Bennett's season will come to an end after making just two regular-season appearances as a member of the Patriots in 2017-18. But he has played his best football in the past three games, and the Patriots will be relying on more of that coming down the homestretch. Ebner injured his knee Sunday while being tackled on a 14-yard run on a successful fake punt.