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Patriots placing former Packers TE Martellus Bennett on IR

Patriots placing former Packers TE Martellus Bennett on IR

Tight end Martellus Bennett's return to the New England Patriots has ended after two games and 24 snaps. He had meant to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery when the Packers waived him, but he signed with the Patriots instead. The strong season by Bennett resulted in him being a coveted tight end in free agency, and it was the Packers who gave him a three-year deal worth over $20 million. 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. From the moment Bennett was claimed on waivers November 9, it seemed to bring out the best in fellow tight end Dwayne Allen.

Bennett was claimed off waivers by the Patriots earlier this month following his release by the Green Bay Packers.

The Patriots brought Bennett back to New England for his second stint with the team knowing he was dealing with a shoulder injury.

The Patriots will be without Nate Ebner for the rest of this season
The Patriots will be without Nate Ebner for the rest of this season

The likable Allen caught his first pass from quarterback Tom Brady - an 11-yard touchdown - in Bennett's first game back in New England. Getting production out of Allen certainly helps the Patriots, as they like to use two tight ends sets.

Bennett mulled over his playing future beyond this season.

If Bennett was actually serious about retirement, it's possible he's played his last game in the NFL. Finally, in Sunday's win over Miami, his powerful blocking seemed to rise to a higher level and contributed to an impressive day in which the Patriots ran for 196 yards as a team (he also had a 2-yard catch on a designed screen that had potential for big yardage if blocked a bit better). He did not play in Sunday's win against the Miami Dolphins.