This move was unexpected because Benn wasn't noticeably injured following the Eagles final preseason game against the New York Jets on Thursday night. Benn recorded 2 receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown in that contest.
Several reporters have expressed their surprise with this announcement.
Huh? Said he was fine after the game. RTb@RavensInsider: #Eagles placed Arrelious Benn on injured reserve, according to a source.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 29, 2014
Said he was healthy last night in the locker room. RT @RavensInsider Eagles placed Arrelious Benn on injured reserve, according to a source— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 29, 2014
This will be the second straight year where Benn spends the season on the Eagles IR list. Benn was placed on the IR list in 2013 after suffering an ACL injury in training camp.
The Eagles originally acquired Benn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early 2013.
UPDATE - 3:26
It turns out Benn was placed on the short-term injured reserve list. What does this mean? Allow Sam Lynch to explain:
Short Term IR is NOT THE SAME THING as IR-Designated to Return. Short Term IR means the player will be cut when healthy and can't re-sign.— Sam Lynch (@shlynch) August 29, 2014
More details to come.