Falcons DT Michael Bennett suffers broken ankle, out indefinitely
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Michael Bennett suffered an unfortunate injury early in training camp breaking his ankle which will cause him to miss an indefinite period of time.
#Falcons DL Michael Bennett, who went down in practice today, suffered a broken ankle and is out indefinitely, sources say. First day of work and already a major injury.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2019
This is not to be confused with Michael Bennett who joined the New England Patriots this offseason, rather the defensive lineman who played with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Bennett joined the Falcons last year after Grady Jarrett went down with an injury. He appeared in two games last year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Steelers racking up four total tackles. He was later waived by the Falcons on October 30th. He had impressed enough during his time with the team that he was signed to a reserves/futures contract with the team this off-season. According to the Falcons team website, that type of contract is defined as follows:
A reserve/futures contract gives the Falcons the claiming rights to these players for the following season. By signing them to this contract, they don’t count against the cap and total roster number until next the 90-man roster is announced. The only players eligible to sign this type of contract are players who are not on the active roster at the end of Week 17. This gives teams a chance to keep players who were on their practice squads around for the next year until the 53-man roster is announced
Bennett was expected to compete for one of the final defensive tackles on the teams, but now with the injury, it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to be placed on injured reserve, or for them to release him with an injury settlement.