Patriots place Martellus Bennett, Nate Ebner on injured reserve

Patriots place Martellus Bennett, Nate Ebner on injured reserve

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. Despite being sidelined while with the Packers due to the aforementioned shoulder trouble, Bennett immediately took the field upon being claimed off waivers by the Patriots.

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

Bennett caught six passes for 53 yards in two games with the Patriots after the club claimed him off waivers on November 9 following his release from the Green Bay Packers.

Dwayne Allen, who has seen a slight uptick in production, will move back to the team's No. 2 tight end spot for the rest of the season. He'll now get a chance to have shoulder surgery, which was at the center of the unresolved conflict between player and team in Green Bay.

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Bennett arrived for his second stint in New England with an existing shoulder condition but it was a hamstring injury that ultimately cost the 10-year veteran his season.

Bennett mulled over his playing future beyond this season.

A prized free agent acquisition this past offseason, Bennett caught 24 passes for 233 yards and zero touchdowns over seven games with the Packers. He led the National Football League in special teams tackles last season with 22 and was rewarded with a second-team All-Pro selection, falling two votes shy of teammate Matthew Slater, who earned first-team honors.