The Jaguars declined Benn's (knee) $790,000 team option for 2018 on Tuesday, making the wide receiver an unrestricted free agent March 14, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports. Benn had spent parts of the past three seasons with the Jaguars as a depth wideout and special-teams contributor, appearing in 24 games and notching six receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. Though Benn could have been retained at an affordable price for the upcoming season, his poor track record on the health front likely had the Jaguars eager to look elsewhere to fill out their wideout ranks.
The Jaguars placed Benn (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. Benn was placed on IR in order to make room for a few returning players. He failed to record a catch after hauling in one reception for 12-yards in the Jaguars' Week 1 victory over the Texans. His season will now come to a close unless he and the team come to terms on an injury settlement.
Benn (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns after failing to practice Friday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida TImes-Union reports. Benn held out hope that he would be able to suit up Sunday after injuring his knee in the Week 10 win over the Chargers, but on the heels of missed practices Thursday and Friday, the Jaguars determined the wideout wouldn't be available. Though he's played only a combined 20 offensive snaps over the Jaguars' last four games, Benn's absence will loom larger than normal with fellow wideout Allen Hurns (knee) also ruled out against the Browns. Fortunately for Jacksonville, rookie Dede Westbrook (abdomen) is expected to be activated from injured reserve in time to suit up Sunday, offsetting the losses of Hurns and Benn to some extent.
Benn (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice. Benn expressed optimism earlier this week that the knee injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Chargers wouldn't force him to miss further action, but his status for the Week 11 matchup with the Browns looks to be on murky ground following the missed practice session. The Jaguars will reevaluate Benn on Friday before offering more clarity on his outlook heading into the weekend, but it's possible the team could have a depleted receiving corps in the contest, as Allen Hurns (ankle) appears unlikely to play. On a more fortunate note, Dede Westbrook (abdomen) looks poised to return from injured reserve this week, which would at least give the team another body at receiver.
Benn (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Per Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union, Benn said he expects to be ready to play Sunday in Cleveland. He suffered the injury during the Week 10 win over the Chargers, and fellow wideout Allen Hurns (ankle) suffered a more serious injury later in the contest. Benn could still see most of his work on special teams against the Browns, as the impending debut of Dede Westbrook (abdomen) should partially help offset Hurns' likely absence.
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