Martellus Bennett of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Martellus Bennett has been cleared to practice this week, after missing the past two games with a concussion and then, per the new rules, concussion-like symptoms. Bennett was hurt in the week 13 loss to the New York Giants, giving way to rookie John Phillips.
Playing in Bennett's place, Phillips has shown some promise, so much so, in fact, they've wondered aloud whether the team missed Bennett at all. Phillips, a University of Virginia product, caught three passes for 40 yards against the Saints last week, which is only three receiving yards off Bennett's best performance of the season.
Suffice it to say, Bennett has been a disappointing facet of this year so far, if only because he was so highly touted as a breakout star in camp, as one half of the self-styled Beans and Rice tandem.
The Texas A&M product has just 15 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns on the year.
Wade Phillips said cousin John performed well, and might see an increased role--as opposed to his previous role as third-stringer, that is--in Washington. As for Bennett, he's just excited to be back.
"I just have a different perspective," Bennett said on Tuesday, per ESPN Dallas. "Not so much because of the concussion, but I missed the game that I loved."