BEREA – Receiver/kick returner Travis Benjamin tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday in the 23-17 loss to the Chiefs and is done for the season.
He’ll need surgery.
Benjamin was tackled on a punt return in the third quarter. Coach Rob Chudzinski, who announced the injury this afternoon, said the knee got twisted.
Benjamin, in his second year, has quickly become one of the best punt returners in the league. He’s sixth in the league with an 11.7-yard average.
Benjamin set a franchise record with 179 punt return yards in a win over the Bills, including a 79-yard touchdown.
On the year, he returned 22 punts for 257 yards and three kickoffs for a 48.7-yard average, including an 86-yarder against Green Bay on his first attempt. He caught five passes for 105 yards and rushed once for 45.
Davone Bess will replace Benjamin, according to Chudzinski. Bess has returned punts throughout his career, but fumbled on a pivotal play in the fourth quarter against the Chiefs.