Martellus Bennett headed to injured reserve with shoulder injury

Report Patriots place Bennett Ebner on injured reserve

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett will be placed on injured reserve, according to The Boston Globe's Jim McBride. His injured shoulder requires surgery.

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

Bennett was claimed off waivers by the Patriots earlier this month following his release by the Green Bay Packers. Bennett was highly critical of the Packers' team doctor, which resulted in backlash from a number of Packers players, who expressed their support for the team doctor.

The outspoken tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots past year, his only season in New England.

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. The next week, he recovered a Rex Burkhead fumble on the opening drive of a win over the Raiders and added two catches for 24 yards. He started in seven games in Green Bay before a rocky divorce with the club.

Bennett, 30, caught six passes for 53 yards after being claimed by the Patriots on November 9.

At that point, Allen - the team's No. 2 tight end after Rob Gronkowski - had not registered a single reception. This offseason, the Patriots did a good job on paper replacing Bennett when he left for the Packers, as they traded for Dwayne Allen.

During the bye week, Bennett floated the idea of retiring after the 2017 season. One has to wonder if he's played his last game in the NFL.

In direct correlation to the move, New England has also chose to place safety Nate Ebner on season-ending IR after he suffered a knee injury against the Miami Dolphins.

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