Michael Bennett Has A Rotator Cuff Injury

March 24th, 2013

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Now Joe remembers in the days after the Bucs’ sack leader Michael Bennett left the Bucs and signed with Seattle for about the cost of six beers at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, Bucs fans erupted in outrage.

Joe was as puzzled as the rest of Bucs fans. How could you let a guy who led your team in an area of need walk away for basically nothing?

Then Joe had contact with a front office suit who told Joe the Bucs were spooked by Bennett’s shoulder and ankle maladies and thought the injuries would get worse.

Well now, seems as if Joe’s source knew what the heck he was talking about. Just this afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter Twitters out that Bennett has a nasty shoulder injury.

@AdamSchefter: Seahaws DE Michael Bennett, who left Tampa for Seattle, was diagnosed with torn rotator cuff. Injury why Bennett got a 1-yr deal in SEA.

So there is your answer why the Bucs didn’t fall over themselves trying to re-sign Bennett. A rotator cuff injury to a defensive lineman is nasty. Kind of hard to use your hands and fight off blockers when you can’t use an arm.

Sometimes, a team’s front office really does know what it is doing.

58 Responses to “Michael Bennett Has A Rotator Cuff Injury”

  1. Buc'N'iT Says:

    Rock Star you sligh dog you!!!!

  2. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Why didnt we sign him rawr down with dominic. .

  3. Tim Says:

    When a front office lets a player go there are usually reasons why, even if they aren’t apparent. I’d still like to see depth added in free agency plus Grimes (no Revis) and 2 corners in the draft.

  4. Mr. Patrick Says:

    I had a torn rotator cuff and took almost a year to recover. Good call Dom

  5. Mike J Says:

    Aha, the mystery is sol-ved!!

  6. bucrightoff Says:

    Glad everyone totally lost their mind over this. Bullet dodged.

  7. Illuminati Says:

    Finally, some of the crybabies will shut up and realize that the people that make these decisions do so with a reason. You have to consider all options when you evaluate a player, and there’s always things that management knows that fans can’t possibly know.

  8. Patrick Says:

    Doesn’t the rest of our line have injury problems?

  9. Adam Says:

    This just solidifies that Dominik is an idiot. He doesn’t have the common sense to defend himself from getting smeared? The whole planet basically was asking why didn’t Dominik design this guy and for a week, he got his name dragged through the mud. I dont and can’t respect someone who doesn’t have the brains or the pride to preserve one’s good name.

  10. Capt. Tim Says:

    Injuries are as common as dirty jerseys in the NFL. He’s not a pitcher. A rotator cuff surgery, 6-9 months of rehab. He’s back. And a rotator isn’t as likely to be debilitating as a knee injury.

    Bennett is young. He’s talented, and he can get to the Qb. He would miss a season. So did Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Adrian Clayborn, Dequan Bowers, etc, etc. he signed for peanuts. He should have been resigned here. He played for Clayborn and Bowers when they were rehabbing- I’m sure they wouldn’t mind returning the favor. It’s March. Surgery now, and he might still be ready for the season opener

    You keep guys that can rush the QB. Injuries are part of live in the NFL

    It was still a mistake

  11. Luther Says:

    @Adam Dominick is better off not saying anything at all and leaving the speculation to everyone outside of One Buc Place. Now that Bennett has signed with Seattle, he can’t say anything anyway.

  12. Tee Ware Says:

    I told you idiots….but u guys insisted on crying about losing Bennett ..where is paul?

  13. Mike Says Says:

    So let’s see, Dom fakes-out the NFL with a torn rotator cuff, yet is willing to gamble the franchise on a five month old ACL injury. I’m so confused……..

  14. Gus Says:

    @Adam why would he need to “defend himself” when it was going to get out anyway.

  15. Aldo Says:

    ok crybabies and Dom detractors!!! if there is something i blindly trust is in the medical core the bucs have, they knew how much caddy can give us and support him that time, no more no less, they dont want antonio bryant cuz that knee were so damaged and look now…..

    they saw that bennett injury, make the decision an move on, and is not like they have an obligation to tell the people why the moves they do, also, all people are talkin about bowers medical status, and again i trust in our medical department, if they know bowers can be part of us is why they take the risk, so calm down and let the guy and his personel works…. sure im concerned about CBs and that but the guy hasw make more good than bad moves for us, let them work….

  16. Scooo Says:

    Capt. Tim – I couldn’t disagree more. I’ve had shoulder surgery, it takes a full year to get all of your range of motion and strength back….let alone fight off 320 pound NFL offensive lineman. And with rotators you just never know if you are going to be back to normal at all. In my opinion it’s worse than hurting a knee, it’s that bad.

    You can’t invest that kind of money into him, with that kind of uncertainty, when Bowers is sitting right there ready to go.

  17. Cannuckbuc Says:

    This just shows he has class and didn’t rat Bennett out.We still need help but at least he didn’t screw his player over.

  18. the_buc_realist Says:

    finishing 4th, 3rd, 4th and 4th in the division is not what i call a front office that knows what it is doing. And don’t pat the pop-star on the back on this move until we know that the Bucs 2 DE out perform Bennett in the coming years.

  19. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Good eye Dom.

  20. Big Marlon B Says:


    You say you can’t respect Dominik because he allowed his name to be dragged through the mud by not offering an explanation? Maybe I’m in the minority, but I prefer a GM who’s primary focus is on improving the team instead of worrying about how mongoloids like you perceive him. THAT is what earns my respect….doing his job and not letting his ego get in the way. I hate fans like you.

  21. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Did somebody compare michael bennett to revis? How dare you think about trading for the best cb in the game n a game changer. and let the 12th best de go. Crazy. I like bennett but cmon

  22. fridgebob Says:

    @ Capt. Tim

    We can sign back him over here in a year, or at least we will have the opportunity to I should say. By then hopefully Bowers and Clayborn each have Probowls, or at the very least great seasons, to their credit.

  23. PRBucFan Says:

    He wasn’t resigned to a long-term deal because of a short-term injury…
    Yes that explains it all. Bravo

  24. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Can we get a live chat for the FGCU game?


  25. raphael Says:

    wah wah wah ! and the crybabies are still crying ….lmao

  26. zam Says:

    I wasn’t upset in the least, even if he were healthy. There’s only so much money to go round, and he had his shot. He did okay but was not a game changer, and the Bucs would have been paying $10 million for a backup, not worth it.

  27. PRBucFan Says:

    Your still as useless as always lol.
    I rather enjoyed the offseason when you were nowhere to be found.

  28. raphael Says:

    wah wah wah …

  29. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    FGCU another upset.

    Would love to see them knock Florida off.

  30. Adam Says:

    Who gives a f about basketball? Go somewhere else for your March Madness Crap

  31. BigMacAttack Says:

    At least it’s not our problem anymore.

  32. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Joe, good article. Its very interesting to hear more details of these trade moves. Just goes to show you, there is usually more to these deals than meets the eye. Any more news on the Grimes deal?

  33. Jerry Says:


    Agree. Looks like rock star knew what he was doing. None of us have the expertise to run a pro football franchise, though we can all have our opinions, which is what this site is all about. You can only judge Dominick by results and that judgment has to have a big picture perspective. We shall see. We seem to be making progress. Though I must say this “conversation on this thread” has deteriorated and is reminiscent of the mobs I just watched on “The Bible”. Rachel and I were just watching it.

  34. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Playing on our lines is the injury “kiss of death”….Clayborne, Bowers, McCoy, Nicks, Joseph & now Bennett…..I wouldn’t be suprised if something doesn’t turn up wrong with Miller…..and Penn is probably just playing through a serious injury. Zuttah is next!!!

  35. Nano Says:

    dominik wins again

  36. Mr Lucky Says:

    I wish Bennett all the best, hope he doesn’t do a Gaines Adams on the West Coast.

  37. 911bucs Says:

    Don’t players have to pass physicals prior to signing a contract? So if he’s out an entire season is Seattle responsible for his contract ?

  38. bucobruce Says:

    What do most of you see the bucs record being I say 11-5.Just look at all the injured starters from last year coming back and everyone with another year under there belt in the same system plus anouther draft.So everyone give a predictoin on the Bucs record but no capt.Tim cause I know he will say 6-10.

  39. Sneedy16 Says:

    Bennett signed a one year deal. He can be come back next year if he proves to be healthy.

  40. RustyRhino Says:

    Sad to hear this about Bennett. Hang tough on the west coast.

    I am glad our gm doesn’t feel obligated to open his mouth & insert his foot to please the displeasure of some views of the signing of players, or non-signing as it were.

    10-6 tied for 2nd in division.

  41. Joe Says:


    Doesn’t the rest of our line have injury problems?

    The “rest of the line” aren’t free agents.

  42. Joe Says:

    SeanyMac in SC:

    Any more news on the Grimes deal?

    There is no Grimes deal. (Yet)

  43. Joe Says:


    I just watched on “The Bible”. Rachel and I were just watching it.

    Joe is impressed.

  44. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Adam Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    “This just solidifies that Dominik is an idiot. He doesn’t have the common sense to defend himself from getting smeared?”

    There are other ways to look at that. Dominick might not have wanted to resign Bennett, but that doesn’t mean he wanted to keep the guy from getting offers.

    And really, it was the media and fans that jumped to conclusions. If anything, the media and fans should learn a lesson from this. But they won’t.

    Personally, I was fin with letting Bennett go. I think we still need depth, but I suspect it will come from late draft picks or undrafted free agents on the Dline…except the the second starting DT spot.

    As of this moment in time, I would like to see us go in the draft with

    Rd 1 DT
    Rd 2 CB
    Rd 3 CB
    Rd 4 LB
    Rd 5 KR

    After that, whatever. Depth. As a disclaimer, I don’t even know if we have picks in all of the rounds…haven’t looked yet.

  45. Jacko101 Says:

    I can only predict based on current roster and not to be a downer but its not good. 7-9 because we still have no corners, yes we have a FS and SS but that won’t really help much. Add on the fact that we have no Depth we play the Pats, Seahawks, Saints and Falcons can u say Torched?

  46. Vic66 Says:

    Domonic just scored more points with the Glazers. Sorry distractors, he will not be gone any time soon. Go Bucs!

  47. Vic66 Says:

    @jacko :: arn’t you crying “sky is falling” about 6 months too soon?

  48. DjoshFreeman Says:

    @Buccaneerbonzai No way we take a DT in the first without signing a CB. Dom has gotten Buc fans exactly what they wanted in drafting and FA. Clayborn, Bowers(projected former #1 pick) Barron, vjackson, nicks, goldson…I think they got a plan and it definitely started with drafting leadership.xavier Rhodes is a guy Deion sanders says has all the potential to be the next great nfl cb.shiano gets his players to reach their potential.look at Doug Martin and Lavonte David…just the tip of the iceberg

  49. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I have a couple thoughts on this. First of all, assuming this injury occurred during the season last year, that means he played with a torn rotator cuff during the season. What a warrior! I commend him for playing with such a major injury, when most guys would have packed it in. I will never say a bad word about the guy after finding this out.

    Second, I’m glad that I now understand why we didn’t re-sign him. I knew there had to be something there, because it was just way too odd to let him go. I also totally disagree with Capt. Tim, there’s no way we sign him with this injury, certainly not long term. A rotator cuff is a really bad injury, much worse than an ACL. A rotator cuff is one of the easiest injuries to re-injure, as it never fully heals. However, if Bennett can avoid using his shoulder muscles, and especially avoid falling, he should be just fine. Maybe instead of tackling the QB, he can learn to drop kick them and land on his feet. Otherwise, this is a very serious injury, and could very easily end his career. I think the good Captain needs to do a little more research on the injury before declaring himself an expert GM and/or a doctor.

  50. MTM Says:

    Good move not resigning Bennett. Now where is the replacements to fill Bennett and Miller departures. The rock star is not looking at Abraham, Freeney, Osi and Dulmerville has signed with the Ravens. The “experts” will say that these guys are old and injury prone. Keep in mind Claiborne, Bowers and McCoy all have had injuries. Now the word is Bennett is hurt. The youth movement doesn’t seem to be working any better. Dominick has got start filling vacancies on this defense with decent players. Not rehabs and practice squad players.

  51. mvermulm Says:

    @djoshfreeman, If Star falls to the 13th pick, I could easily see us taking a DT. Even Richardson could be a decent pick there. I think Schiano is looking for another penetrating DT to line up next to GMC, rather than the old Bucs way of just putting a big guy to eat up two blockers. The CBs that would be available (potentially Rhodes and Trufant) could be there at the end of the first round if Dom wanted to trade up again like last season, or they could go with a couple less-heralded players like Logan, Slay, or about ten others throughout the draft. Dominik and Schiano are building this defense through the middle, not the corners.

  52. You Guys are blind Says:

    I guess the Bucs were not able to do this type of contract with Bennet as a way to keep him on the roster in Tampa.

    In fact, Bennett is currently the only player on the Seahawks’ roster who has a contract that includes “per game active” roster bonuses, which shows that the team knows there’s a possible reason to suspect Bennett might not play a full slate of games in 2013.

  53. You Guys are blind Says:

    At team has the right to go after any money given to a guy who doesnt come forth with any and all information.

    “Failure to Disclose Physical Condition” designation – that was created (and frequently used) in the 2012 season – and attempt to recoup the signing bonus

  54. You Guys are blind Says:

    I think everyone who is glad that a origination release a guy (led his team in sacks and did it while injured not at 100%) because of possible future injuries shows that we are desperate and that we are looking for any excuse to accept the fact that we let a good player go over peanuts

    Sure next it will be Miller he has head issues or knee issues or maybe back issues….guess what?! he is gone too…

    Neither one of the guys have a single negative word about our orgination and for those of you who say we are glad the RocK (head) Star made the right move …..well the jury is still out….

  55. Capt. Tim Says:

    Scoo- I hear you. Sorry bout your injury.

    Bennett has a big advantages over the normal folk. He has trainers dedicated strictly to him. Around the clock facilities and staff. Multiple physicians monitoring his progress on a daily basis, and the expensive rehab equipment known to man.

    Huge advantages to what is offered to the rest of us. Top surgeons. Top therapist, top equipment, top facilities. It all leads to faster rehab.

    And it’s ok to disagree. Even strongly. Thanks for not being insulting- which is how too many here choose to voice a different thought.

  56. pick6 Says:

    so, down with bennet because of lingering injuries that could get worse, but let’s fall all over ourselves pursuing grimes and revis who are still recovering from 2 of the worst football injuries you can get? at least we bucs fans are consistent

  57. PRBucFan Says:

    Lol you’d think he’s had a career ending injury listening to some of you talk.

    Funny how this just comes out of the blue and is just the “perfect” excuse just in time Lolz. Right.

  58. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    First of all, I really think you need to research the severity of a torn rotator cuff. You will be very surprised how many careers in football (and other sports) have been ended as a result of this injury. Ask anyone who’s ever had it – every one will tell you it NEVER feels the same after. I’m not saying Bennett can’t step on the field again, but without the strength in his shoulder, it is doubtful he will ever be as good (and he wasn’t elite to begin with).

    Second, it was well known he played with a nagging shoulder injury for half the season last year. Did you not know that? If not, you obviously weren’t paying attention. I’m not sure what you are implying, because its either torn or not. If its torn, its a big big big deal. To argue that is ludicrous (in my best Mike Tyson voice).