New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, so his chances of playing were never really considered all that high.
On Sunday, those suspicions appeared to be confirmed, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bennett would miss the game against the Dolphins.
Bennett practiced on Wednesday despite dealing with both hamstring and shoulder injuries. However, he would then miss practice on Thursday and Friday and was labeled with the doubtful designation because of those absences.
The Patriots claimed Bennett off waivers knowing that he had a pre-existing shoulder injury that had bothered him during his time with the Green Bay Packers. Bennett was even considering getting surgery that would have ended his season, but opted to play through it for the Patriots.
He made his debut on Nov. 12 against the Denver Broncos just days after being acquired and was an immediate factor because he already knew the offense after playing for New England in 2016. He caught 3 passes for 28 yards against Denver and followed that up with 3 more catches for 15 yards in a win over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City last week.
Bennett’s shoulder is expected to continue to be an issue throughout the year, so pain management will be key throughout the rest of the season.