Martellus Bennett Injury: Updates on Giants TE's Knee

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants scores on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a sprained knee in the first quarter, according to's Jane McManus.


UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 4:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected, Bennett is suiting up against the San Francisco 49ers. From Michael Fabiano of

Martellus Bennett is ACTIVE.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 14, 2012

The 49ers are a tough matchup, but Bennett remains a low-end TE1. Make sure he's in your lineup if he is your top option at tight end this weekend.

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 11 at 1:04 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

Per Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger, Bennett appears to be doing everything he can to be ready for the Giants' Week 6 clash with the San Francisco 49ers. Vrentas writes:

TE Martellus Bennett (knee) started practice working off to the side with the trainers, appearing to test his hyperextended knee. He later joined individual drills, catching a few passes.

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 11 at 8:43 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Martellus Bennett (knee) intends to play versus the 49ers in Week 6. The Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo has the latest: 

Martellus Bennett played through much of the Giants' win over the Browns with a hyperextended left knee he sustained when he slipped on the wet, artificial grass at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.

And though he didn't practice Wednesday, he expects to play Sunday against the 49ers. 

"Hopefully. That's the plan," the tight end said. "We're doing everything we can to be ready for this weekend. Working with the trainers and doing stuff on my own. The plan is to be out there on Sunday. That's always the plan. But like in anything, things don't always go according to play, but we're heading in the right direction right now."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 11:17 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Martellus Bennett reportedly won't practice on Wednesday, according to The Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.

Vrentas goes on to report that head coach Tom Coughlin insists that the tight end is improving, so Giants fans should remain optimistic that Bennett will be able to suit up for the important matchup in San Francisco with the 49ers. 

Nicks and Bennett won't practice today. But Coughlin said they're doing better. He hopes Nicks can get a practice in. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 10, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 2:12 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke


Martellus Bennett is back in the game for the Giants despite spraining his knee early and has recorded an eight-yard reception, according to The Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas via Twitter:

8-yard catch for Bennett, he of the knee sprain. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) October 7, 2012

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Bennett is questionable to return for the Giants, according to McManus via Twitter:

Giants TE Martellus Bennett has a sprained knee, return is questionable. #NFL

— Jane McManus (@janesports) October 7, 2012


Bennett left the game without recording a single reception and will be sorely missed by quarterback Eli Manning, who is without wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, who are inactive for Sunday's game.

Bennett, the 6'6" tight end, has 16 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns through the first four weeks of the NFL season. No Giants pass-catcher has more receiving touchdowns than Bennett, who has been targeted downfield 26 times this season.

The five-year veteran is on pace for a career season with the New York Giants, and he has been a favorite among fantasy football owners this year.

Keep it right here for more information on Bennett's injury status as it becomes available.