The Martellus Bennett experiment never really got off the ground in New England.
Bennett will go on injured reserve due to his bothersome shoulder injury, per a report by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe on Monday. In addition to the shoulder injury, which will reportedly require surgery, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that Bennett’s hamstring is also an issue — and is the injury that prompted the Patriots to put him on IR.
The Patriots tight end played in two games after being claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. He recorded 6 catches for 53 yards on 24 snaps this season in New England.
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.
Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers this offseason and started seven games in Green Bay before a rocky divorce with the club.
The Patriots brought Bennett back to New England for his second stint with the team knowing he was dealing with a shoulder injury. It now turns out his shoulder and hamstring injuries were too problematic for the tight end to continue.
Bennett, 30, has mulled over his playing future beyond this season. One has to wonder if he’s played his last game in the NFL. In 10 seasons, Bennett has 433 catches for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.