Bucs lose Arrelious Benn for a month in first practice
One day into training camp and injuries are already becoming a major issue for the Buccaneers.
With left tackle Donald Penn already on the shelf for several weeks with a calf injury, the Bucs today determined third-year receiver Arrelious Benn could miss a month with a knee sprain. Benn appeared to injure his right knee in Friday's morning training camp practice. He walked gingerly off the field and straight to the training room, never returning to the field.
Coach Greg Schiano did not comment, saying he needed to consult with trainers first.
The news is a blow to the Bucs, who still have high hopes for Benn. The former second-round pick has started 23 games in his first two seasons and already has dealt with a left ACL tear in December 2010.
The Bucs themselves had already pared their receiving corps this week, waiving Dezmon Briscoe on Thursday. The team's 2011 touchdown receptions leader was claimed off waivers today by the Redskins, who now employ former Bucs coach Raheem Morris on their defensive staff.
Benn has 55 receptions for 836 yards and five touchdowns in 29 NFL games. Though he must earn his opportunities with a new coaching staff in charge, Benn is one of several young receivers vying for playing time off the bench, along with Preston Parker, Sammie Stroughter, Tiquan Underwood and others.
The injury presents a significant setback for Benn given the tight competition among the receivers. He already figures to have lost his starting job after the team signed Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson in the offseason to a $55 million contract.