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New England Patriots: Losing Martellus Bennett should not hurt offense

29 November 2017, 12:58 | Ken Black

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett will be placed on injured reserve. More

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett will be placed on injured reserve

Martellus Bennett's contributions to the New England Patriots' 2017 season won't jump off the stat sheet - 24 snaps played in two games, six receptions and 53 yards - but there is a trickle-down effect from his stint, which ended Tuesday with him placed on injured reserve, that could benefit the team. Bennett was allegedly cut by the Packers for failure to disclose an injury.

Bennett's injuries look to be too much to recover from this season, so he will go on IR.

Although the Patriots were likely hoping for a repeat of 2016, when Bennett tallied seven touchdowns and was the starting tight end in the Super Bowl, he will now undergo season-ending surgery.

Bennett played through the shoulder injury in a November 12 win over the Denver Broncos, playing seven snaps and recording three catches for 38 yards.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the report, stating Bennett is headed to IR because of a hamstring injury he first suffered in New England.

Bennett took to Instagram to lash back at the Packers after he was waived, claiming the team was trying to save money while also accusing Dr.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games.

At that point, Allen - the team's No. 2 tight end after Rob Gronkowski - had not registered a single reception. Bennett was inactive during Sunday's 35-17 win over the Dolphins.

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

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