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WR Arrelious Benn doesn't feel cursed despite landing on IR again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Give Arrelious Benn credit. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver said he doesn’t feel cursed, even if it certainly appears that way.

Benn was placed on injured reserve on Monday, two days after he suffered a broken collarbone in the Jaguars’ 22-12 loss to the New York Giants. This marks the fourth year in a row in which he has ended up on IR.

"The second time I tore my ACL I was like, ‘What?’ But now, no [I don't feel discouraged]," Benn said. "It’s football. Like I said, I’ll go all out and [if] I get hurt going full speed, I can live with that. You just patch it up and keep going.

"Everybody’s path to victory is different, and I believe God gives his toughest battles to his toughest guys. It’s football. I got hurt with a ball in my hands. I’d do it again. It’s alright."

Benn has having a good training camp and appeared to be headed for a roster spot as the Jaguars’ fourth or fifth receiver until he was injured when he got tackled while carrying the ball on an end around. He is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair the break in his left collarbone.

He said he views this as more of a minor injury compared to some of the other things he has dealt with in his four-year career.

"Compared to the stuff that I had before, this stuff is like, ‘OK, do what I’ve got to do,’ which is bounce back from it," he said.

Tampa Bay drafted Benn in the second round in 2010 (39th overall pick), and he caught 25 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that up with 30 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.

He played in eight games in 2012 before being placed on IR with a torn ACL as well as a shoulder injury. The Bucs traded him to Philadelphia, but he missed the 2013 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.