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Arrelious Benn out four weeks with sprained MCL

Arrelious Benn, Sherrick McManis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn (17) catches a touchdown pass as Houston Texans cornerback Sherrick McManis defends during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn limped off the practice field at training camp today, and he won’t be back on the field for about a month.

A league source tells PFT that Benn suffered a sprained MCL and is expected to miss four weeks.

The Buccaneers’ final preseason game takes place on August 29, so if he does miss four weeks he could return for the end of the preseason, although it’s possible that the Buccaneers will show caution and hold him out of live action until the start of the regular season.

A 2010 second-round draft pick out of Illinois, Benn started 14 games for the Buccaneers last season and caught 30 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. The arrival of Vincent Jackson in free agency this offseason has likely bumped Benn out of the starting lineup and into the No. 3 receiver spot, and this injury won’t do anything to help Benn compete for playing time in the Bucs’ offense.