Bucs WR Benn headed to IR after knee injury vs. Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wideout Arrelious Benn is headed to injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced Monday.

Coach Raheem Morris confirmed the move during Monday's press conference.

"I'm more sour (about) what I know Arrelious was going to be able to do this offseason because of how he works," Morris said. "Now I know he's going to be spending some time rehabbing, doing some things for his knee in order to come back to where he was. I'm more discouraged about (that) fact, because I know he was going to be able to grow in the offseason, in the offense."

Benn, who was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's 38-15 win over the Seattle Seahawks, told the *St. Petersburg Times* he was unsure what happened on the play to cause the injury.

"I have no idea. I don't even want to know," Benn said.

Selected in the second round of last year's draft, Benn has been an integral part of Tampa Bay's young receiving corps alongside standout rookie Mike Williams. Benn's 25 receptions are fourth most on the Bucs. He added  395 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

The Bucs stated that fullback Earnest Graham is week-to-week with a neck injury, but did not suffer a concussion in the win.

Graham was injured in the second quarter when he took a hit to the back of the helmet from Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry. Graham was down on the field for several minutes before eventually leaving under his own power.

"I think it was a cheap shot," Bucs wideout Micheal Spurlock told the Times. "It is what it is. It's football. Some guys don't have anything to play for, so they might think, 'Oh, we're going to knock you out.' I don't think you should play the game that way, but that's my opinion. It's one of those things where every dog has his day. His is coming."

Morris said the team, still in the playoff hunt, must remain focused with one game to go.

"You don't want to take these opportunities for granted," he said. "We got a game against the Saints. That's all we can think about. That's our playoff game. If we go out and win it, then whatever happens happens."

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