Arrelious Benn is way ahead of his rehab schedule but, once again, behind the curve in training camp. He was held out of the preseason opener at Kansas City on Friday and will not play against the Patriots on Thursday. His 2011 debut is tentatively planned for the Dolphins game next week.
"You've got to hold him back because you can get fooled and think he's been out 12, 16 months, and it's only been six or seven," said receivers coach Eric Yarber. "We're trying to hold him back, and he's been good about it."
Meanwhile, Dezmon Briscoe has been the talk of camp. He raised eyebrows after coming off the practice squad at the end of last season and was impressive against the Chiefs.
Benn has been cleared to run full speed and is making cuts and turns as if his knee had never seen a scalpel. His muscles are a little sore, and he's still working himself into shape. The expectation is that he will be cleared for contact early next week.
Benn continues to fly under the radar even though he's still expected to start opposite Mike Williams by Week 1. He's worth a flier in the final rounds of deeper leagues.