Michael Bennett Played With Torn Rotator CuffMarch 27th, 2013
When it was learned recently that former Bucs and current Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had a torn rotator cuff, it backed up information Joe learned from a suit at One Buc Palace, who claimed one reason the Bucs let Bennett, their sack leader last season, walk is because the team was spooked his shoulder and ankle issues were not improving.
It seems the Bucs had solid information. Seattle general manager John Schneider conducted a radio interview Monday and said Bennett played last season with the same injury he will likely need surgery for, per BSPN.
Schneider said in the interview that it was his “understanding” that Bennett played with the injury last season when the 27-year-old had had a career-high nine sacks for the Buccaneers, starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.
Not only does this explain fully why Dominik waved goodbye to Bennett, it also may explain why Bennett’s numbers took a nosedive late in the season.
In the final five games, Bennett had but two sacks, both coming against the Eagles in that debacle of a loss at home.