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Patriots excited to have Bennett back in the mix, banged-up shoulder and all

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Patriots excited to have Bennett back in the mix, banged-up shoulder and all

FOXBORO -- Martellus Bennett's injury history will be combed through and parsed, it seems, until we find out exactly what percentage of his shoulder looks like confetti and how it got that way in the first place.

Here's what we know: Bennett had shoulder issues last season as a member of the Patriots; during the Packers Week 8 bye, he said on Instagram that he was "pretty sure" he would retire after this season; he landed on the injury report with a shoulder injury following the team's first practice after the bye; he did not play in a Week 9 loss to the Lions; Green Bay released him this week with a "failure to disclose a physical condition" designation.

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Since then, both NFL Media and ESPN have reported that Bennett is dealing with a torn rotator cuff. ESPN said Bennett has a torn labrum as well.

Indications are that Bennett will try to play through any ailments he's coping with at the moment. According to one Patriots player who has been in touch with Bennett, the tight end is happy to be back in New England given that he was available for any team in the league to claim after the Packers waived him. Even if Bennett thought he was destined to pass through waivers -- it's relatively unusual for vested veterans like Bennett to be claimed -- he'll take comfort in the fact that the place where he's headed is somewhere he's been before.

His old teammates, now his teammates once again, said on Friday morning that they're excited to know he's back in the mix. 

Danny Amendola, who has known Bennett and his brother Michael since they were athletes growing up in the Houston area, couldn't stop smiling when speaking about the recent addition to the Patriots offense. The two entered the league together in 2008 as Cowboys rookies.

"I’m excited," Amendola said, acknowledging that he may have lost his locker-room DJ duties with Bennett's arrival. "He’s been my friend for a long time. We came in this league together in Dallas, so 10 long years. He’s a great guy. We’re all happy to have him back."

Bennett's contributions off the field were widely noted by teammates last season since he was someone who kept things light in what is oftentimes a hyper-serious environment.

"Energy and thoughtfulness, and he’s a great teammate," Amendola said when asked what Bennett will bring to the locker room. "He’s gonna help us out a lot, as he did last year. It’s going to be fun."

On Bennett's on-the-field talents, Amendola added: "He can run and catch. He blocks well in the run game, obviously, and an all-around good football player. He knows the system, he knows the environment, he knows the energy when you walk into the building every day, and he’s familiar with that. Marty B’s back."

How healthy he is, and how much he'll be able to help the Patriots remains to be seen. But from the front office, to the coaching staff, to the players Bennett will share a locker room with at Gillette Stadium, they're clearly ready to give this marriage another go.

It makes too much sense not to.

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In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

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In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

So the AFC West leaders signed the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Wednesday, a surprising midseason move involving a big-name player. Revis played for the New York Jets last season, but his massive salary cap number combined with a decline in performance led to his release in late February.

Still, the Chiefs were desperate to find a cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters. Terrence Mitchell, Kenneth AckerSteven Nelson and Phillip Gaines have all failed to hold down the spot.

"He's ready to go now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with reporters. "He was coming off the wrist (injury) and that he had last year, you know - this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place and here we are."

Reid did not rule out Revis playing Sunday against Buffalo, either.

Four days is typically a quick turnaround for a player to get acclimated to a team, especially one that hasn't played a snap since the end of last season. But Revis has a few things going for him: He has a vast amount of experience from which to draw, he is already familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system having played for him with the Jets, and the Chiefs really have nothing to lose.

They enter the game with the 28th-ranked pass defense in the league, hemorrhaging more than 250 yards per game. That includes a 417-yard performance by Oakland's Derek Carr a few weeks ago.

"We've had some young guys trying their hearts out and doing a nice job for us, too," Reid said. "It's a win-win. You get a veteran guy and you have some young guys that will continue to grow."

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chiefs visit the Meadowlands to face the Jets on Dec. 3.

Revis at one point was considered the best cornerback in the league, picking off 29 passes over 10 seasons with the Jets, Buccaneers and Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring with New England.

He parlayed that into a five-year, $39 million contract to return to the Jets, but a wrist injury slowed him down a couple of years ago. Revis struggled most of last season, looking as if the 32-year-old had lost a step for the first time, and the Jets made the decision to let him go.

He's spent the past summer and fall keeping in shape.

"He's been around awhile. He looks great physically," Reid said, "but time does that, time will take a step away from you. But he's a smart guy, knows how to play the game and that becomes important at this point in his career. I'm not telling you he can't still run, he can run."

Good enough to help the Chiefs (6-4), who had dropped four of their past five?

"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him," first-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "He's had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense."

That may be where he is most beneficial: His experience. The Chiefs have little veteran presence in their secondary after safety Eric Berry was lost to a season-ending injury.

"You're talking about one of the all-time great players at that position," Reid said. "It's just a matter of getting him back in the swing of things and seeing where he's at. He's excited to be here. We are excited to have him. I would think his role would be to step in and be a starter."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)