Pats Place Bennett, Ebner On IR
The Patriots won on Sunday, defeating the Miami Dolphins 35-17 at Gillette Stadium, but lost a couple of players on Monday.
The team placed recently re-acquired tight end Martellus Bennett and safety and core special teamer Nate Ebner on Injured reserve, Monday afternoon.
Bennett, who has been hobbled with both a shoulder and hamstring injury, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots a few weeks ago, after being released by the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay cut Bennett, after he opted for season-ending surgery for his shoulder issue. The Pats swooped in and claimed the tight end, who then pushed off his surgery. After playing in two games for New England this season, and catching six passes for 53 yards, Bennett was inactive for yesterday's game. It appears that the injuries have gotten to him and his season is now over.
As for Ebner, he left yesterday's win with an apparent non-contact, knee injury that he suffered while carrying the ball on a fake punt in the first quarter. Ebner was ruled out of the game shortly after going to the sideline and has likely suffered a ligament tear. While Ebner plays very sparingly on defense, he had been a core member of multiple special team's units for the team. His loss will cause the team to fill multiple special teams spots.