Sidelines no safety zone for Bennett

Running backs coach Edgar Bennett injures knee in ‘fluke' incident.

Edgar Bennett's last play as a Packer came in the first pre-season game following the team's victory in Super Bowl XXXI. After a stint with the Bears, which also was shortened by injury, Bennett retired and returned to the Packers' coaching staff. He probably felt safely out of reach of tape, trainers and tests.

The running backs coach was unceremoniously pushed back to the injury woes of his playing days Thursday when he injured his right knee after be was knocked down by defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and practice squad player Jason Jimenez.

KG and Jimenez scuffled after a play at practice, taking the tiff to the sidelines where they bowled over Bennett.

"I never really saw them coming," Bennett said. "I was talking to (Tony) Fisher about the previous play and the next thing you know I was going down.

"I haven't been hit like that in a while," Bennett said.

Bennett was aided by the medical staff, but the extent of the injury is not known.

Bennett reportedly handled the incident good-naturedly. Gbaja-Biamila declined comment, except to tell coach Mike Sherman that Jimenez kept pursuing contact after the whistle.

Jimenez, in the unusual position of a practice squad player being sought out by reporters a few days before a playoff game, had more to say.

"He got in my throat, then I pushed him because I got made and then he charged at me," said Jimenez, who went on to say that he and the Packers' star defensive end had since patched things up.

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