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Marcus Benard | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 260
College: Jackson State
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Cardinals released OLB Marcus Benard.
The move clears a roster spot for OLB John Abraham, who is coming off the reserve/left squad list. Benard notched 7.5 sacks as an NFL sophomore in 2010, but hasn't been the same since an October 2011 motorcycle accident. Now 29, Benard was inactive for the Cardinals' first two games. Sep 16 - 5:23 PM

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Cardinals re-signed OLB Marcus Benard to a one-year contract.

Signed last October, Benard went on to appear in 12 games, racking up 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The former Brown's career was derailed by an October 2011 motorcycle accident, but he's finally back to full health. Benard can rush the passer and has a good chance of cracking the 53-man roster.
Mar 12 - 9:42 PM

Cardinals signed OLB Marcus Benard, formerly of the Patriots.

The Cardinals placed LB Vic So'oto (chest) on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Benard spent the summer with New England before being released at final cuts. He racked up two sacks in the preseason. Benard tallied 11 sacks in 21 games with the Browns from 2009-10. He's much-needed depth.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 02:31:00 PM

Patriots released DE Marcus Benard.

Benard displayed some legit pass-rushing juice for the Browns in 2010, but hasn't played in a regular season game since his October 2011 motorcycle accident. It's possible he'll never be the same. Benard will presumably get some workouts this season, but that might be it.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 01:47:00 PM

ESPN Boston doesn't expect DE Marcus Benard to make the Patriots' roster.

Signed to a reserve/future contract this offseason, Benard spent the first six games of 2012 on the NFI list before he was released by the Browns. A productive player from 2009-2010, it would take a strong training camp for him to see playing time in a crowded defensive end rotation. He's behind Jermaine Cunningham, Justin Francis and Jake Bequette for a roster spot.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Patriots signed DE Marcus Benard to a reserve/future contract.

Benard is now 15 months removed from the motorcycle accident that left him with multiple minor injuries, but he failed to land a contract after being released with an injury settlement by the Browns in October. A situational pass rusher, Benard should get a legitimate chance to make himself a part of the Patriots' 2013 defensive line rotation. Benard has 12 sacks in 25 career games.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Raiders worked out free agent DE Marcus Benard.

Benard has garnered quite a bit of interest since being released by the Browns with an injury settlement earlier in the month. Arizona had Benard in at their facility last week. Oakland signed Andre Carter a few weeks ago to try and jump start their pass rush, but the defense still sits near the bottom of the league with just seven sacks.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 09:40:00 PM

The Cardinals tried out free agent DE Marcus Benard.

Benard was released with an injury settlement by the Browns last week. He dislocated his elbow in the preseason. Thanks to injuries suffered in an October 2011 motorcycle accident, Benard hasn't appeared in a regular season game in over a year, but is still only two seasons removed from leading the Browns in sacks. He should latch on somewhere before season's end.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 07:51:00 PM

Browns released DE Marcus Benard with an injury settlement.

Benard was sent to injured reserve after dislocating his elbow in the preseason. Benard hasn't appeared in a regular season game since his motorcycle accident last October, but provided he's healthy, should draw interest as a situational pass rusher. Benard is just two years removed from leading the Browns in sacks.
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 08:15:00 PM

Browns waived/injured DE Marcus Benard, DE Auston English, and CB Antwuan Reed.

They'll revert to injured reserve if they clear waivers. Benard dislocated his elbow in Friday's preseason game after injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident last season limited him to just four games. A situational pass rusher with 45 tackles and 12 sacks in 25 career games, Benard will be a free agent in the offseason.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 05:14:00 PM

Browns coach Pat Shurmur revealed Sunday that DE Marcus Benard has a dislocated elbow.

Shurmur wouldn't provide a timetable, but this is a season-threatening injury for a player already on the roster bubble. Benard recorded six tackles (no sacks) in Cleveland's first three preseason games. He's an I.R. candidate.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 03:28:00 PM

Browns DE Marcus Benard may have suffered a "major" elbow injury in Friday's preseason loss to the Eagles.

The Browns refused comment after the game, but it sounds like Benard's Week 1 status is very much in doubt. A situational pass rusher, Benard was limited to four games last season thanks to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Browns DE Marcus Benard (broken hand) participated in the start of the team's offseason program on Monday.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Benard is "doing well" after missing all but four games last season following a motorcycle accident. Benard can be an effective situational pass rusher and should have a chance to earn a job in Cleveland's nickel defense this year. The Browns are short on natural edge rushers.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 12:48:00 PM

Browns DE Marcus Benard (broken hand) is expected to participate in OTAs.

Benard is almost back to full health after sustaining multiple minor injuries in an October motorcycle accident that landed him on the non-football injury list. Just two years removed from notching eight sacks as a nickel rusher, Benard should earn a roster spot as long as he's healthy.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:41:00 PM

Updating previous items, Browns DE Marcus Benard is under contract with the team in 2012.

Browns GM Tom Heckert revealed Thursday that Benard's 2011 salary was "tolled" to 2012 because he spent the majority of last season on the reserve/non-football injury list. A promising nickel rusher in 2009 and 2010, Benard might have generated a better market than expected. He had 11 sacks in his first two seasons. Benard should not struggle for sub-package playing time in 2012.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 11:22:00 AM

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