Bears tight end Martellus Bennett spent last season with the Giants, catching 55 balls for 626 yards and five touchdowns. Now he'll reunite with his former team, somewhat surprised the Giants have reached Week 6 still looking for their first win.
Bennett said he didn't have any additional insight into how the Giants could rectify their issues.
"It doesn't bother my heart," he said. "I farm my land. I don't farm other people's land. So I don't really worry about what they have growing in their gardens. I just make sure my sunflowers are blooming."
There has been plenty of bloom in Bennett, who's on pace to post career highs in catches (80), yards (899) and touchdowns (10).
So do his former teammates wish he was still with them?
"They miss having me around," Bennett said, "but more so for just having me around. Not necessarily football. A lot of those guys have said they want me to come out early (Thursday before the game) so at least they'll have a chance to laugh.
"I root for them when we're not playing against them. But I hope they all have bad games this week."
Going green: Brandon Marshall's plan to wear lime green cleats Thursday as a means of promoting mental health awareness can proceed. Several reports surfaced Wednesday indicating the NFL would not allow Marshall to take the field wearing his special shoes. Not so, an NFL spokesman said.
According to the league, Marshall will face a fine for wearing the cleats, which he was anticipating. But the league said Marshall is "not being barred from entering the field" while wearing the cleats.
Roster moves: The Bears placed defensive tackle Nate Collins on injured reserve and filled the spot by promoting defensive tackle Christian Tupou to the active roster.
Collins suffered a season-ending torn ACL Sunday in a loss to the Saints. Tupou was signed to the practice squad Monday.
Injury report: Four starters are listed as questionable: Bennett (knee), linebacker Lance Briggs (foot/hip), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) and cornerback Charles Tillman (knee). Safety Anthony Walters will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring issue.
Starters listed as probable are left tackle Jermon Bushrod (calf) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (ankle). Receiver Joe Anderson and offensive lineman Eben Britton are also probable with knee injuries.
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