Martellus Bennett is playing through both ankle and shoulder injuries. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
FOXBORO — Credit Martellus Bennett, as the tight end is typically very forth coming when speaking to the media, which occurred once again on Thursday.
Bennett has been on the Patriots injury report since Week 5 with an ankle injury and then a shoulder injury popped up a few weeks ago, but he still has yet to miss a game.
The tight end acknowledged he isn’t 100 percent healthy.
“Last week was probably my worst game as a Patriot,” Bennett said. “But, you know, you have a bad game here and there. This week, come back grinding and get ready.”
Perhaps Bennett could benefit from a week off with only four regular-season games remaining and the playoffs to come, but the tight end admitted he isn’t thinking about that.
“I never thought about that. I just keep going,” he said. “I’m like the Energizer Bunny. I just try to find a way. Sometimes it’s [expletive] when you’re out there playing with different injuries. You can’t do a lot of things that you want to do. You have [expletive] plays. You might have a string of bad plays in a row just because you’re dealing with different things.
“But, throughout the game you kind of find a way to get the job done. I think that’s the biggest point. It may not be pretty all the time, but try to figure some kind of way to get it done. Sometimes it’s adjusting as the game goes on.”
Bennett also may have hinted he’s playing through something more serious than just a low-ankle sprain.
“The thing about this sport is it’s always something,” he said. “You never go through a season without having some kind of nick or tear, but there’s a lot of guys playing with different things. But some guys are able to play through different injuries, and some of the same injuries, you see guys around the league — go on IR and things like that, but it just depends on the person and their pain tolerance.”
The 29-year-old said occasionally it helps missing practice like he did on Wednesday, but ultimately he wants to be on the practice field, which he was on Thursday.
“Sometimes. Sometimes it’s like, thank God. I needed that today,” Bennett said. “It varies each week — I’ll fight through whatever and I think that’s something that my teammates and coaches know about me that I’m going to try to give them everything I got no matter what.”
Bennett and the Patriots will host the Ravens on Monday Night Football.