New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett has been reluctant to divulge the full extent of his knee injury, which was suffered in week five against the Cleveland Browns. Over the last several weeks, he's merely described the pain as if a Panda were sitting on his thigh and chewing on his knee. He's also referred to it as "messed up shit." But on Monday, he finally spilled the beans, revealing that he had suffered a "torn knee capsule" as well as bruises to both his ACL and PCL.
For all of us non-doctors, a knee capsule, or Articular capsule of the knee joint, is " an envelope surrounding a synovial joint" which includes the patella, ligaments, menisci, and bursae. It can often be torn during awkward bending and twisting of the knee, which occurred during Bennett's hyperextension.
Needless to say, coupled with a bruised ACL and PCL, it sounds like an incredibly painful injury … especially if it's a complete tear and bone is now rubbing on bone.
Although Bennett has managed to play through the pain, his production has suffered. He hasn't looked 100% since week 5 (for what are now obvious reasons), and it's something that will linger for the rest of the season. However, a bye week certainly couldn't hurt.
And the Dallas Cowboys and their fans said this guy wasn't a hard-working team player…
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