PHILADELPHIA — Wide receiver Arrelious Benn's comeback with the Eagles lasted two days.

The team announced Tuesday that Benn suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the joint practice with New England and will miss the rest of the season.

Benn, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, had sat out most of training camp with a sore left knee, but finally returned to practice on Sunday and Monday. He left Tuesday's workout after less than an hour.

The 24-year-old has been fighting injuries since he entered the NFL as the Buccaneers' second-round draft pick in 2010. He played in just 37 of a possible 48 games over three seasons. Last year, he lasted only eight games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Benn is the third Eagles’ player to tear an ACL in the last two weeks, following wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and linebacker Jason Phillips.

The Eagles also released wide receiver Dave Ball on Tuesday, leaving them without much depth at that position. DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, who returned to the team Tuesday after undergoing counseling for four days, are scheduled to start Friday's preseason game against the Patriots. Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Greg Salas, and rookie free agents Nick Miller, Ifeany Momah, Will Murphy and Russell Shepard III are also in camp.


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