Eagles Notes: Eagles' Benn cleared to practice after suffering concussion

Eagles receiver Arrelious Benn. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles receiver Arrelious Benn. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 27, 2014

Arrelious Benn received clearance to return to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. A veteran receiver competing for a roster spot, Benn participated in practice and is expected to play in this Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets.

A second-round draft pick in 2010 by Tampa Bay, Benn has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed nine games in three seasons with the Buccaneers before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last summer, ending his first season with the Eagles before it started.

Playing in Thursday's game is not just important for the Eagles to evaluate Benn, but also to validate his summer-long pledge of staying healthy. He avoided injuries before he suffered the concussion.

"I need to prove to myself that I can stay healthy, play the whole season," Benn said.

Benn, 25, has to hope that the Eagles keep six wide receivers and also must beat out six other receivers to make the roster. He caught a touchdown pass and blocked a punt during the preseason. The 6-yard score was his lone catch in three games. His special-teams experience and run-after-the-catch ability help his case, but Benn still needs to earn a spot.

"It's a lot of guys, and it comes down to who they like," Benn said. "You can't control it, you can't think about it. Because if you think about it, it comes to the point where it messes with your game."

Extra points

Safety Malcolm Jenkins returned to practice after missing two days with an undisclosed injury. Linebacker Connor Barwin (knee) did not participate during the portion of practice open to reporters. Receiver Josh Huff (shoulder) and center Julian Vandervelde (back) remained absent. . . . The Eagles must make one more move by 4 p.m. Tuesday to reduce their roster to 75 players. Four players waived by the team Saturday reportedly were claimed: guards Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins by the Browns; defensive lineman Joe Kruger by the Chargers; and tight end/fullback Emil Igwenagu by the Lions.


Eagles Notes:

BENN CLEARED

TO PRACTICE

Receiver Arrelious Benn returned to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason game. D6

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