Martellus Bennett out for game with rib injury

December, 4, 2011
12/04/11
4:41
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tight end Martellus Bennett went to the locker room on a golf cart on the Cowboys’ final drive of the first half

UPDATE: Bennett will not return.

Bennett received X-rays on his ribs after he appeared to hurt his side midway through the second quarter on a running play before wide receiver Laurent Robinson suffered a right shoulder injury. Bennett remained in the game for the next series, but spent considerable time with head athletic trainer Jim Maurer.

He walked gingerly to the sideline on the final drive and was carted to the locker room as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

If Bennett cannot return, then the Cowboys would be forced to use rookie fullback Shaun Chapas more offensively. Chapas had just one snap in the first half with tight end John Phillips taking most of the fullback snaps.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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