Bears TE Martellus Bennett placed on Injured Reserve with rib injury

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Martellus Bennett is out for the season with a rib injury.

LAKE FOREST – The Bears most prolific catcher won’t be on the field for the rest of the season.

On Tuesday the team placed tight end Martellus Bennett on season-ending injured reserve with a rib injury. This injury first crept up during the Green Bay week and kept him out of the win against the Packers.

Despite playing this Sunday, when he made three catches for 14 yards, the Bears decided to put the tight end on injured reserve. In his place the team has signed tight end Rob Housler.

Bennett played in eleven games this season and had a team-high 53 receptions for 439 yards and a touchdown. His production has slowed a bit over the last month when he had just six catches in three games.

In that stretch was the game against Green Bay which he missed due to the rib injury, the first game he sat out since 2011 and his first since joining the Bears.

Some controversy surrounded Bennett last week when the Chicago Tribune reported that he was unhappy how he was being used in the red zone offense. Bennett and the coaching staff denied this.

It’s it possible fans have seen the last of Bennett because of this? Bennett is under contract through the 2016 season but before the year had hoped to get a new deal after a breakout 2014 season.

He’s spent three of his eight seasons in Chicago and has 208 catches and 14 touchdowns with the Bears.

Bennett  played four seasons for the Cowboys and one with the Giants before coming to the Bears in 2013.