Shark Bites

3 months ago

The Browns have released WR Earl Bennett.  It's an awful sign that he couldn't even make it to training camp on a team with one of the worst WR groups in the league.  The 27-year-old Bennett figures to get scooped up by another team this summer, but he won't be a 2014 fantasy factor.  Cleveland has Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson atop its Josh Gordon-less WR depth chart.

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4 months ago

The Browns signed WR Earl Bennett.  Cleveland is desperate for WR help with Josh Gordon facing a season-long suspension.  Bennett won't help much, though.  The 27-year-old hasn't reached 400 yards in any of his last 3 seasons.  He's a possession, slot receiver who might not even be an upgrade over Nate Burleson.  The Browns are still challenging the Panthers for worst WR corps in the league.

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1 year ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (hand) is inactive for today’s game against Jacksonville. A true game-time decision, Bennett wouldn’t have been a viable fantasy option even if he suited up.

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2 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (hand) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys.  Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Devin Hester will operate as Chicago's top 3 WRs.

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Bears WR Earl Bennett (hand) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Cowboys.  He was limited in practice all week.  We're expecting him to play, but with just 6 catches in 3 games, Bennett isn't a recommended fantasy starter.

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2 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett returned for Monday night's game against the Eagles after missing the past 5 with a chest injury.  He immediately re-emerged as QB Jay Cutler's go-to target, hauling in all 5 of his looks for 95 yards.  That included a game-winning 4th-quarter TD.  Bennett also lined up as a Wildcat QB on a 1st half play.  It's clear the Bears want the ball in this guy's hands, and his chemistry with Cutler hasn't disappeared.  Bennett could be a PPR asset down the stretch.

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2 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) has been medically-cleared and will play against the Eagles this Monday night.  He's been out since Week 2 but has actually been practicing for the past couple weeks.  Bennett is expected to step back in as Chicago's slot receiver, pushing rookie Dane Sanzenbacher down the depth chart.  Bennett is worth monitoring as a potential PPR league asset.

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2 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) is inactive for today's game against the Bucs.  He put in a full week of practice, but the team is playing it safe and holding him out through the Week 8 bye.  Dane Sanzenbacher gets another game as Chicago's slot receiver.

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Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) put in a full week of practice and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bucs. However, team insiders expect Bennett to be held out. Chicago has a Week 8 bye, so it sounds like they'll give him a couple more weeks to get completely healthy. Look for WR Dane Sanzenbacher to get another game as the slot receiver.

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2 years ago

Bears beat writer Vaughn McClure expects the team to hold WR Earl Bennett (chest) out of this week's game against the Bucs.  Bennett has been practicing in full this week, but it sounds like Chicago will play it safe and hold him out through the Week 8 bye.  It means that Dane Sanzenbacher will get another game as the slot receiver.

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Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) returned to a full practice on Wednesday.  He's been out since Week 2 but is expected back for Sunday's game against the Bucs.  It sounds like he'll get his slot job back, although WR Dane Sanzenbacher could steal snaps.  Neither guy is a fantasy option right now.

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2 years ago

As expected, Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) is inactive for tonight's game against the Vikings.  WR Dane Sanzenbacher will handle slot duties again.

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Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) returned to a limited practice this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. He's not expected to play but is definitely getting close. Dane Sanzenbacher will serve as Chicago's slot receiver again this week.

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2 years ago

Bears GM Jerry Angelo says WR Earl Bennett (chest) will be out "a few more weeks."  We received a similar timetable a couple weeks ago, so we're not holding our breath here.  Even when Bennett is ready to get back on the field, he'll have to get his job back from WR Dane Sanzenbacher.  Bennett isn't worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues.

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2 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Lions.  WR Dane Sanzenbacher will start again in his place.  The rookie has caught just 9 passes for 76 yards the past 3 weeks and is only a desperation option for deep PPR leaguers.

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3 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Dane Sanzenbacher gets another start in his place after hauling in 5 balls last weekend. He can be used as an emergency starter in PPR leagues.

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3 years ago

Bears WR Earl Bennett (chest) has officially been ruled out for Week 3.  No timetable has been set for his return.  Rookie WR Dane Sanzenbacher (a Jon Gruden favorite) will take over as Chicago's primary slot man.  He's worth tracking but isn't a fantasy option yet.

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ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson hears from a league source that WR Earl Bennett (chest) is not expected to play against the Packers this Sunday.  The injury isn't believed to be serious, so we'll stop short of ruling Bennett out for sure.  He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups though.  Rookie WR Dane Sanzenbacher would step into the slot role if Bennett misses the game.

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