This morning, after the NFL Lockout was declared over, many of the Buccaneers players showed up at One Buc Place to get things started. Among those Buccaneers was Arrelious Benn, who tore his ACL during the game against the Seahawks late last season. Benn has spent the offseason recovering away from team facilities and doctors, but has never shown any sign of a lack of confidence in his recovery.
Many athletes recover slowly from such an injury, however, Benn has had an amazing recovery in seven short months and feels he is prepared to start the season at 100 percent. If he can play as well as he did late last season, he will be a huge contributor to this offense. Last season, he was considered the best blocking receiver and totaled 25 receptions for 395 yards, 2 TD’s and averaged 15.8 yards per catch. Towards the second half of the season, he proved to be a good down-field threat and paired well with Mike Williams.
Tuesday morning, after the lockout had been lifted, Benn had taken a physical by team doctors and passed. To hear from the medical staff that he did, in fact, have a speedy recovery was the final step in knowing he could return to the field and contribute. It has not been confirmed if he will be able or allowed to participate in preseason games out of precaution or not, but it is likely he will be on the active roster for game one against the Detroit Lions in Tampa.
He did show up for Josh Freeman’s minicamp at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL., but did not fully participate. Let’s hope to see him on the active roster in the weeks to come. If he is unable to perform, look for Dezmon Briscoe to potentially start in his place, unless that position is approached in free agency.