Earl Bennett’s Concussion Puts Monkey Wrench in Chicago Bears’ Offensive Plans

Earl Bennett at Chicago Bears practice

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Folks around the Chicago area are calling for the Chicago Bears to just cut ties completely with veteran wide receiver Earl Bennett.

Let’s face it — Bennett has been more infamous for his choice of shoes than for his play on the field in recent years. Not to mention, the five-year pro is still battling a concussion that hasn’t allowed him to learn the Bears’ new offensive scheme designed by head coach Marc Trestman.

Chicago is in a unique situation because although a first-time head coach like Trestman should have a “learning period,” the Bears’ roster is one that needs to win now and it really can’t afford any growing pains.

With that being said, the Bears can’t afford to have a player like Bennett — who has missed nine games in the last two seasons — take up a roster spot simply because he has been with the franchise for half of a decade. The NFL is a tough business, but if Chicago releases the concussed Bennett then I’m sure at least one team will place a call to the former third-round pick.

Anyway, Trestman’s staff needs to figure out what exactly Bennett is going to bring to the table because we are nearing the end of preseason and Bennett has yet to play a snap. There comes a time when a so-so wide receiver like Bennett just doesn’t have the luxury of skipping the entire preseason and picking up a brand new offense like it’s nothing come Week 1.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • john graham

    Hard call but cutting a guy who is hurt sends a bad message to the rest of the team. He can’t pick up something while recuperating.