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New York Giants’ Martellus Bennett Plans to Play Sunday Against San Francisco 49ers

October 11th, 2012 at 10:08 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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25 Responses to “New York Giants’ Martellus Bennett Plans to Play Sunday Against San Francisco 49ers”

  1.  Krow says:

    Tough guy. Hopefully he’ll have a long and productive career … with us.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    if he’s got a sprain (i.e., messed some sh!t up), TC will almost definitely sit him
    But if he does, does Robinson actually see the field?

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Yes, if he sits Robinson would see the field. We will run some 2 TE looks because it’s just part of our offense so Robinson would get a least a few snaps.

      •  F0XLIN says:

        I actually had an 81 siting on the field last week when Bennett went down for a series, just as an inline blocker, he held his block!

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think the kid projects to be very much like the Bennett we have seen this year. He can block pretty good to start and he has athleticism so it’s just learning the offense. I would love to see what he could do with Bennett in 2 TEs sets next year once he understands the offense.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    He’s a key player. I feel better about Nicks not playing than Bennett. Bennett’s blocking and receiving threat is huge in keeping the SF defense honest. I have confidence that Hixon, Randle and Barden can step up. Pascoe is what he is and SF will not give him any respect. Pascoe may catch as many balls a Bennett would have but our WRs will have way more attention with Pascoe. Plus our running game will suffer without Bennett’s blocking.

  4.  Krow says:

    Robinson was drafted as a project … and it’s no surprise to see him serving his apprenticeship … but has anyone heard anything about him?

  5.  kujo says:

    So, The Black Unicorn can say “****” but I can’t?!??!

  6.  norm says:

    Shortly after Robinson was selected, I seem to recall reading a scouting report that said he was almost never targeted in the passing game while at Cincinnati and that he was used almost exclusively as a blocker. The report also indicated that he excelled in that limited role.

    In other words, he played much the same role that Bennett played in his first four years in Dallas.

    Now, I think it’s unrealistic to expect that Robinson will be anywhere near as polished a blocker as Marty B at this stage of his NFL career. But if Bennett can’t go, Robinson can probably be counted on to provide some quality snaps as a blocker.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      But he’s “the JPP of tight ends”. If he gets in he will dominate, right?

      •  norm says:

        Against any other team, I’d say yes.

        But if he plays Sunday, he will be facing the bestest, most awesomest, skeeriest assemblage of defensive talent to ever set foot on an NFL field.

        Never mind dominating; I just hope the kid survives the afternoon.

  7.  Valid says:

    If he’s saying he messed some ish up, doesn’t that probably mean he tore something?

  8.  norm says:

    File this one under “Shut the f-k up already”:

    “This whole bounty thing, for the most part, is just a big sham,” Brees said on Mike & Mike in the Morning, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.”

    Brees also swung by NFL AM and lamented that the bounty scandal has carried so far into the season and called into question the reliability of the NFL’s sources in determining exactly what the Saints did.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/20544340

    •  Valid says:

      Always thought Brees was a gigantic phony.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      +1

      I shared norm’s opinion on this subject about a week after the story broke. Sort it out, dish out the punishment and let everyone move on. Drew should try to do the same.

    •  norm says:

      If Brees is really serious about identifying the prime culprit for the Saints’ struggles this year, he might start by looking in the mirror.

      By holding out this past offseason for the sake of a few extra million $, he forced the Saints to use the franchise tag on him – a franchise tag the team would have been better served using to retain All-World guard Carl Nicks.

      In the few Saints games I’ve seen this year, I’ve noticed that Brees is facing a LOT more pressure up the middle than he’s faced in years past. For all the love that Brees and Payton got for the record breaking success of the New Orleans offense of the past few years, the fact remains that Nicks played as much a part in that success as either of those two.

      If Brees sincerely desired to be a leader and keep his team on a winning track, he would have made it clear to management that retaining Carl Nicks was of the highest priority – even if he had to sacrifice a few extra dollars to make it happen.

  9.  norm says:

    Encouraging UUT ^

  10.  Chad Eldred says:

    Regarding Bennett, I’ve seen enough. I hope we can get this guy signed for a 3-year deal or something of that variety. He has been solid on the field and shows a strong desire to play and to win. It has been a pleasure to have him in the fold.

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