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Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn to Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed third-year receiver Arrelious Benn on injured reserve, ending his season.


When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Arrelious Benn with the 39th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft, they hoped the raw player could develop into a star wide receiver. Unfortunately, in his third year the opposite has happened. With just four catches for 26 yards this season, Benn has been a non-factor on offense. And now, he's been placed on injured reserve, ending any hope that he'd continue to develop this season.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the injury forcing Arrelious Benn to injured reserve is a knee injury. Benn landed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in 2010, so this could turn out to be a long-term problem.

Through his first two seasons the wideout caught 55 passes for 836 yards and five touchdowns, and at times looked like a capable deep threat. Unfortunately, despite the installment of a deep passing offense, Benn never got going in this offense. He was limited mostly to special teams, where he has been a dominant force as a gunner on coverage teams. That's where his loss will be felt most sharply.

The Bucs signed wide receiver David Douglas off the New York Giants' practice squad to replace Benn. Douglas was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona this year, having caught 65 passes for 666 yards and four touchdowns in his final season in college.