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Philadelphia Eagles release Arrelious Benn with injury settlement

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This news was expected.

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According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver Arrelious Benn off of the team's injured reserve list with an injury settlement.

This news was expected. Benn was placed on the injured reserve list last week as part of the Eagles' efforts to cut their roster down to the 53-man limit. Benn suffered a back injury in the Eagles' final preseason game against the Jets.

Shortly after the initial announcement that Benn was placed on injured reserve, some reports indicated he was specifically placed on short-term injured reserve. Note that short-term injured reserve is NOT the same as injured reserve-designated to return.

Short-term injured reserve is where a team keeps a player on injured reserve until the player returns to full health. Once the player returns to full health, they are released. The Eagles did this last year with veteran cornerback Brandon Hughes.

So what this means for Benn is that he's now a free agent to sign with any team. Benn had a rough start this year in Eagles training camp but finished the summer strong. It looked like he might even challenge for a roster spot.

The Eagles originally acquired Benn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in March of 2013. He missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury and never appeared in a regular season game.