Monday, September 16, 2013
Bennett has a bruised shoulder
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett revealed Sunday he’s playing with a shoulder injury, but coach Marc Trestman said Monday that he’s “scheduled to play this week.”
“He was negative in terms of his… he had a bruise, but nothing significant,” Trestman said. “He had a full range of motion today.”
Bennett caught nine passes for 76 yards and a career-high two touchdowns, including the game-winning score from 16 yards out with just 10 seconds left in the game. Bennett caught a 23-yard pass three plays before the game winner, and shook Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson to gain extra yardage.
Bennett sustained the injury in the second quarter, and said, “probably so” when asked whether he expected the shoulder to be an issue as the season progresses.
“It was an issue today,” Bennett said. "But I was still able to play. There’s nothing I can do about it. If it hurts, it hurts. If it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”
Through two games, Bennett ranks as the club’s third-leading receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, with 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns. By comparison, 2012 starting tight end Kellen Davis finished all of last season with 19 catches for 229 yards and two TDs.
Bennett’s 76 yards ranked as the third-best receiving day of his career, and his seven catches tied a career-high set on Sept. 19, interestingly, against the Bears. Having caught touchdown passes through the first two games, Bennett is the first Bears tight end to haul in TD receptions in each of the first two games since Earl Thomas in 1972.
“We’re fortunate to come out of this thing in two games,” Trestman said. “We’re relatively healthy, which is a good thing going on the road next week.”