Martellus Bennett playing through cracked bone, bone chips in ankle

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It has been a great first season for New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

Martellus Bennett has said that players go on injured reserve with the types of injuries he's suffered this season. A big part of that has to do with Bennett's willingness to play through injuries. In the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots will need more from Bennett in a favorable matchup for the tight end.

Bennett, who was listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury, is expected to undergo surgery on his ankle after the season, per Rapoport. 11 of his catches and 4 of his touchdowns this season came on 3rd down plays as well.

Even though Bennett hasn't missed a game this season, he has been hurt all season.

It will definitely be worth watching how effective Bennett is Sunday night against the Steelers as a run blocker as well as he's expected to be on the field for almost every offensive snap. Bennett did well to catch all of his targets but took a backseat to Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman as those two combined for 298 of New England's 384 passing yards.

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