During the first quarter of Sunday's 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett suffered what initially looked like a devastating knee injury. However, he would eventually return to the game and the team would announce during halftime that he had suffered a hyperextended knee. Afterwards, the Black Unicorn acknowledged being in some pretty serious pain -likening it to Pandas chewing on his knee- but insisted he wouldn't miss any playing time.
After not practicing on Wednesday, Bennett remained certain that he would play this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.
"That's the plan," Bennett 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."
Despite the optimism, Bennett did admit that an MRI revealed some damage in his knee, although he would not be specific about what it was.
"Messed some shit up [in there]," he said.
Tearing some stuff up is obviously not good, and we've also learned in the not to distant past that athlete's are incapable of self-diagnosing their recovery. However, the fact that team doctors allowed him to return to the field on Sunday, and that he was productive during the final two quarters, is a good sign.
Whether or not he practices today will likely determine his availability for this weekend.
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