Trinity Benson

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #2
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #2

Trinity Benson News

Placed on IR

Benson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Benson suffered a knee injury in Week 10 versus the Bears and was forced out of the contest early, but he will now be forced to miss at least four weeks while on IR. The wide receiver was making his team-debut in the contest and his absence will have little-to-no impact on the Lions' game plan for Week 11 and on.

Nov 18, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Remains out Thursday

Benson (knee) was listed as a non-participant on the Lions' injury report Thursday.

Analysis: Benson was signed off the Broncos' practice squad Nov. 9 and was forced out with a knee injury during his Lions debut against the Bears on Sunday. The 25-year-old wideout has been sidelined for each of the first two practices to open Week 11, so it appears he's in line to remain out against the Giants this Sunday. Benson will have one more practice to improve his status before Friday's final injury report, or else Detroit's active roster could be limited to just four healthy wide receivers versus New York.

Nov 17, 2022 1:04 PM EST

Forced out Sunday

Benson (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Benson was making his season debut Sunday after being signed off the Broncos' practice squad Wednesday. However, the 25-year-old did not record a catch before injury his knee, which forced him to head directly to Detroit's locker room in the second half, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. While the nature and severity of this issue are still unclear, Benson's next opportunity to play will come against the Giants on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Nov 13, 2022 12:30 PM EST

Signed by Lions

Benson was signed by the Lions off of the Broncos' practice squad Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Benson was added by the Lions on Wednesday and will be a part of their active roster Sunday versus the Bears. The wide receiver appeared in eight games with Detroit in 2021, reeling in 10 catches for 103 yards on 22 targets. Benson has yet to play in a game this season and will have little to no impact offensively in Week 10.

Nov 9, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Gets practice squad deal

Benson signed to the Broncos' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Benson was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent back in 2019, then spent two years off and on the team's practice squad. He ultimately ended up with the Lions via a trade in August of 2021, but he failed to make the team out of training camp this season when he was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury. However, Benson is now healthy and will look to contribute for Denver and work his way to the active roster.

Oct 11, 2022 12:16 PM EST

Earns workout

Benson (undisclosed) had a workout with the Raiders on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Benson spent training camp with the Lions, but he was waived from the team with an injury settlement after being placed on IR on Aug. 31. Now healthy, Benson will continue working to earn a chance with another NFL team, unless he gets a deal with the Raiders.

Oct 4, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Waived from IR

The Lions waived Benson (undisclosed) from injured reserve with an injury settlement Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Benson will now be free to sign with a new team during the 2022 campaign. The 25-year-old wideout caught six of 14 targets for 76 yards across three preseason contests.

Aug 31, 2022 3:11 PM EST

Reverts to injured reserve

The Lions placed Benson (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Barring an injury settlement, Benson will be sidelined for the entire 2022 campaign. The 6-foot wideout caught six of 14 targets for 76 yards across three preseason contests.

Aug 31, 2022 12:33 PM EST

Let go with injury designation

The Lions waived Benson (undisclosed) with an injury designation Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Analysis: The extent of the injury remains unclear, but he presumably picked it up during Sunday's preseason finale, which he finished with one catch for eight yards on six targets across 26 offensive snaps. If he clears waivers, the 25-year-old wideout will revert to the Lions' injured reserve list, which -- barring an injury settlement -- would end his 2022 campaign.

Aug 30, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Solid minicamp performance

Benson performed well during minicamp and appears to be a realistic candidate for a roster spot, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: After Detroit invested big in DJ Chark and Jameson Williams (knee) while agreeing to extensions with Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds this offseason, there's not much space left in a wide receiver room headed by Amon-Ra St. Brown. Quintez Cephus seems like the clear favorite for a sixth roster spot at the position, but Benson could make a case for a seventh if he can establish himself as a return man during training camp.

Jun 12, 2022 9:55 PM EST

Shaky 2021 campaign

Benson caught 10 of 22 targets for 103 receiving yards over eight games in 2021.

Analysis: The Lions acquired Benson from the Broncos in the preseason, but the 24-year-old missed nine of the final 12 games due to coach's decisions and COVID protocols. His future with Detroit seems uncertain despite Benson technically having one year left on his contract.

Jan 12, 2022 10:39 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Benson (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Packers.

Analysis: Benson played in Week 17 against the Seahawks, which was his first action since Week 10. With the Lions' receiver unit fully healthy, Benson will head back to the sidelines Sunday against the Packers.

Jan 9, 2022 8:49 AM EST

Puts up 31 receiving yards

Benson caught two of four targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 51-29 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Benson was one of three Lions receivers to set career highs in the receiving yardage department, but most of it was meaningless since Detroit was getting blown out before the first half ended. The East Central University product will likely move back down the depth chart if either of Josh Reynolds or Kalif Raymond is able to clear COVID protocols in time for the Lions' Week 18 matchup with the Packers.

Jan 3, 2022 10:45 AM EST

Could have larger role Sunday

Benson is expected to see an increased role within Detroit's receiving corps Sunday against the Seahawks with both Josh Reynolds (illness) and Kalif Raymond (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are probably the safest bets to earn targets from quarterback Tim Boyle, but the likes of Benson, KhaDarel Hodge, Tom Kennedy and Javon McKinley could all see increased snaps with two starting receivers out of the lineup. Benson has played more than 29 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in all seven of his appearances on the season, but he was a healthy inactive for three straight games before sitting out the Week 16 loss to Atlanta while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Jan 2, 2022 5:50 AM EST

Reinstated from COVID list

Benson was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: With Josh Reynolds (illness) still in COVID protocols, Benson could find himself active in Week 17 against the Seahawks as a depth piece at wide receiver. Benson has frequently been a healthy scratch of late, last seeing the field in Week 10.

Dec 29, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Not eligible to play Week 16

The Lions didn't reinstate Benson from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, making him in eligible to play Sunday against the Falcons.

Analysis: After being deactivated Thursday, Benson is one of four members of the Lions' roster that will remain on the list ahead of the team's Week 16 game. The wideout hasn't suited up for a game since Week 10, as he's either been out with a knee injury or a healthy inactive.

Dec 26, 2021 6:49 AM EST

Placed on COVID list

Benson (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Benson has frequently been a healthy scratch of late, but he may not be available whatsoever come Sunday against the Falcons, unless the 24-year-old wide receiver is able to promptly test out of COVID-19 protocols. He has just eight catches for 72 yards and is still searching for his first NFL touchdown.

Dec 23, 2021 3:06 PM EST

Inactive again

Benson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Analysis: Benson has slipped down the Lions' depth chart in recent weeks, particularly due to the emergence of Josh Reynolds. He has not been active since Week 10 but will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.

Dec 19, 2021 8:55 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Benson (coach's decision) is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Benson has been managing a knee issue in recent weeks, but the injury doesn't seem to be keeping him off the field Sunday, as he practiced fully Thursday and Friday, and didn't take an injury designation into the weekend. Instead, Benson appears to have simply fallen down the depth chart at receiver, with the Lions' recent addition of Josh Reynolds effectively costing him a regular role on offense. Benson played 69 percent of the Lions' offense snaps in his most recent outing Week 10 in Pittsburgh, but he's now inactive for the third week in a row after the knee injury was attributed to his prior two absences.

Dec 5, 2021 9:15 AM EST

Upgrades to full participation

Benson (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Benson was limited Wednesday, but his full participation Thursday puts him on track to suit up Sunday against the Vikings. The rookie wide receiver has eight catches and is still searching for his first touchdown.

Dec 2, 2021 1:09 PM EST

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