Bucs WR Benn to go on IR with a torn knee ligament; Graham week to week with neck injury
The Bucs have lost rookie receiver Arrelious Benn for the remainder of the season -- and most of the off-season as well.
Coach Raheem Morris said Benn tore a ligament in his left knee during the second quarter of the Bucs' 38-15 win over the Seattle
Benn is expected to be placed on injured reserve, becoming the seventh starter lost in the past five weeks.
"I'm more sour for the fact that I knew what Regis was going to be able to do this off-season because of how he works,'' Morris said of Benn. "Now he's going to spend some time rehabbing and doing some things for his knee in order to come back to where he was. I'm more discouraged about the fact that I know he was going to be able to grow in the off-season in the offense and working with guys. There's just something about throwing with Josh Freeman and throwing with these guys every day. They got a unique chemistry from that forum starting last year and there was going to be a new wave of guys that came in and would be able to join that with Mike Williams and Regis and (Demon) Briscoe. I'm just more sad for him because I know how he likes to work.''
Benn had progressed steadily as a play-maker after catching just two passes or less in nine of his first 10 NFL games. Two weeks ago, he had four receptions for 122 yards in a win at Washington.
Morris said Benn would be replaced in the lineup by veteran Maurice Stovall and rookie Dezmon Briscoe, who had two catches for 28 yards Sunday.
"It was really a crushing blow to lose Regis Benn yesterday,'' offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Monday. "He'd been playing so well as of late. He was getting better every week and was becoming a big part of our game-planning. As Rah said, it'll be a big loss for us in the off-season and not have a chance to spend a lot of time with him in the off-season and see him progress that way, too. That was a big loss for us yesterday.''
According to Morris, there's a slim chance Graham might be able to play next Sunday at New Orleans. He did not suffer a concussion, Morris said.
"Graham had a neck injury, he got capped off by one of the Seattle players,'' Morris said. "He came down on his neck wrong and he will be week to week. Hopefully, we've got week to week. We'll have a chance to see what's going on with him later on.
"We'll probably have to wait and get a feel for it, a pain tolerance type of deal. But it was just a stinger or neck issue, what ever you want to call it.''