Patriots news: Martellus Bennett, Nate Ebner placed on season-ending IR
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Patriots place Martellus Bennett, Nate Ebner on season-ending IR

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The New England Patriots took another hit on the offensive side of the ball on Monday morning as veteran tight end Martellus Bennett was placed on season-ending IR.

The 30-year-old has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that forced him to miss Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He had played in just two games with the Patriots hauling in all six passes thrown his way for 53 yards.

Bennett had rejoined the Patriots on waivers two weeks ago after being released from the Green Bay Packers in his first campaign with the team. It marks a frustrating end to a 2017 season that saw him deal with nagging injuries that led to his departure from the Packers. On the year, he recorded his fewest catches (30) and receiving yards (286) since 2011.

Bennett is due to make a $2 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year, which the Patriots could elect to decline to make him a free agent. The Patriots will move forward with Dwayne Allen getting the bulk of the work as the primary back up to Rob Gronkowski while pushing Jacob Hollister to the third string spot in place of Bennett.

In direct correlation to the move, New England has also decided to place safety Nate Ebner on season-ending IR after he suffered a knee injury against the Miami Dolphins.

Ebner finishes the 2017 season with just eight total tackles in nine games played. He had been the third-string free safety this year.

The Patriots have a road matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13.