The Browns received bad news in the loss to the Chiefs as they lost wide receiver/punt returner Travis Benjamin for the season with a torn ACL.
"You saw the growth as a receiver and obviously, on punt and kickoff returns," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. "It's a tough loss for us, but we'll have some guys step up."
Benjamin had 545 all-purpose yards in punt returns, kickoff returns, receiving and rushing.
Benjamin was injured on a punt return when his leg appeared to be twisted on the tackle. Benjamin finished the season with 22 returns for 257 yards (11.7 avg.). He had a 79-yard return for a touchdown earlier this season against the Bills. Benjamin was used also in the kickoff return game and he had two returns for 60 yards against the Chiefs, including a 36 yard return. Benjamin had an 86-yard return against the Packers last week.
As a receiver, Benjamin had five receptions for 105 yards, including a long of 39 yards. He had one rush on the season for 45 yards.
Chudzinski said that Bess will take over as the primary punt returner and mentioned that DB Joe Haden and RB Fozzy Whittaker are also possibilities.