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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #83

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 273
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (61) / DAL
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The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer admits "it's hard to see" the Bears bringing back Martellus Bennett for 2016.
Bennett suffered a ribs injury Week 11, missed Week 12, and returned Week 13. Coach John Fox labeled him "day-to-day," but Bennett was surprisingly placed on I.R. on Tuesday. He's made some noise behind the scenes, and Fox has said he wants team-first players. Bennett, 29 in March, has one year left on his deal. The Bears can save $5.185 million by cutting him. Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:45:00 AM

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Bears placed TE Martellus Bennett on injured reserve with a rib injury, ending his season.

Bennett initially suffered the injury in Week 11. He missed Week 12 before being absent from the Week 13 injury report, but apparently aggravated the issue against the 49ers. Coach John Fox claimed on Monday that Bennett was "day to day." Although Bennett is signed through next season (at $5.085 million), it's quite possible he's played his final down for the Bears. His per-catch effectiveness has waned significantly this season, while he's clashed with Fox's coaching staff. Bennett turns 29 in March. Zach Miller will be a viable TE2 in Bennett's absence.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 3-of-4 targets for 14 yards Week 13 against the 49ers.

Bennett entered the game with injured ribs and appeared to aggravate the injury in the third quarter. He only ended up missing a couple plays. Chicago tried to get Bennett going with two targets on the first drive, but, as has become the norm, he was mostly uninvolved the rest of the game. Bennett has fallen out of the TE1 ranks and will be a risky play even in a decent matchup next week against Washington.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:12:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Martellus Bennett (ribs, probable) will play Sunday against the 49ers.

Bennett missed Chicago's Thanksgiving win over the Packers while battling cracked ribs. He's third among NFL tight ends in targets (76) and tied with Ben Watson for eighth in catches (50). Consider him a back-end TE1 against the Niners.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) is probable for Week 13.

Bennett practiced in full despite sitting out last week. He's reportedly made some noise about his lack of targets. Bennett is a back-end TE1 against the 49ers.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 06:08:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports the Bears are concerned Martellus Bennett "has been brooding" and is "in an odd mental funk."

Bennett was held out of the Thanksgiving win over the Packers because of what the Bears called a rib injury, but the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports Bennett expressed frustration about his red-zone usage in practice last week. Wiederer said coach John Fox "has little patience" for situations like this, which likely explains why Bennett was held out. It also could mean Bennett will have less leverage for another potential holdout entering the final year of his deal. Either way, Bennett practiced in full Wednesday and looks on track to play this week against the 49ers. With his role in the offense in question, Bennett cannot be considered anything more than a low-end TE1.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday.

Bennett missed the Thanksgiving game against the Packers, but is on track to return Week 13 against the 49ers. He and Zach Miller will both continue to see targets. Bennett hasn't done much of late and is a borderline TE1.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 02:30:00 PM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) participated in Monday's practice.

It was just an informal session coming off the Bears' mini-bye, but puts Bennett on track for Week 13. His status will be updated when the Bears return to official practice on Wednesday.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 01:41:00 PM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) has been ruled out for Thursday night's Week 12 game against the Packers.

Bennett played through the issue Sunday and got in a limited practice Tuesday, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. The Bears will rest him on the short week in the hopes he'll be ready Week 13. Zach Miller will start Thursday night and makes for an interesting punt play at tight end after a couple strong games.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Martellus Bennett (ribs) remained "limited" in Tuesday's practice.

The limited sessions suggest Bennett should be fine for Thursday's game against the Packers, but his status can't be taken for granted just yet. Owners should have a back-up plan ready, as there's often little way of knowing what the Bears might do with their injured players.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Martellus Bennett is dealing with a rib issue.

He suffered the injury in Sunday's loss. Coach John Fox was low on details, such as when the injury occurred. Bennett didn't miss a snap against the Broncos, which means he played through the issue. He should be fine for Thursday's game against the Packers.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Martellus Bennett was held to two catches for 26 yards on six targets in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the Broncos.

Bennett was a non-factor for the second straight week. He continued losing work to Zach Miller (6 targets), and dropped a pass in the end-zone. Bennett will be more of a low-end TE1 for Week 12 against the Packers.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 3-of-3 targets for 18 yards in the Bears' Week 10 win over the Rams.

The Rams did well to take both Bennett and Alshon Jeffery (3-23) away, but they forgot about Bennett's backup, Zach Miller, who caught all five of his targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett will be a mid-range TE1 next week at home against the Broncos. He should see 8-10 targets.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Martellus Bennett caught 8-of-9 targets for 57 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 9 win over the Chargers on Monday night.

With Matt Forte (knee) out, Bennett was a clear second on the team in targets behind Alshon Jeffery's 16. Nobody else had more than four. Bennett's touchdown came from one yard out after Jeffery was tackled at the half-yard line. Bennett could play a bigger role next week on the road against the Rams. Jeffery will have a tough test on the outside, which could force more targets Bennett's way.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 12:27:00 AM

Martellus Bennett secured 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Bears' Week 8 loss to the Vikings.

Bennett finished second on the Bears in targets, but an admittedly distant second to ballhog Alshon Jeffery (15). A high-end TE1 whenever Jeffery misses games, Bennett is more of a mid-range to low-end TE1 when Jeffery is healthy. That's what Martellus will be when the Bears face the Chargers in Week 9.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 04:31:00 PM

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QB1Jay Cutler
2David Fales
3Matt Blanchard
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Senorise Perry
GLB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Paul Lasike
WR11Kevin White
2Josh Bellamy
3Cameron Meredith
4Nathan Palmer
WR21Eddie Royal
2Marquess Wilson
3Marcus Lucas
WR31Marquess Wilson
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Khari Lee
3Gannon Sinclair
LT1Charles Leno
2Jermon Bushrod
LG1Matt Slauson
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Cornelius Edison
RG1Patrick Omameh
2Martin Wallace
RT1Kyle Long
2Nick Becton
3Jason Weaver
K1Robbie Gould