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Bill Belichick says 'great strength of team' has been injury replacements

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots placed tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) and leading special-teams tackler Nate Ebner (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, and here is how Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and head coach Bill Belichick responded when asked about those developments:

McDaniels (on Bennett): "You hate for that to happen with any guy, and certainly we were excited to have Marty back and looking forward to trying to build as we went through the year. You know, he was here for those couple weeks and worked hard to get himself caught back up in the offensive system and was fun to be around and gave us some production in the time that he was in the game. We only had him for a short time, so it's not like we've had him for four months. So, we're going to keep rolling along like we normally do. We've got a group of guys that are available to us each week, and whatever group that is, we've got to do the best we can to put those guys in great position to have success and give them each a role that they can function in and play well."

Belichick (on Ebner): "Of course we'll miss Nate but, again, that's an unfortunate part of the game. We have other players that have worked hard that will get an opportunity, and I'm sure that they'll go out there and do their best to make the most of their opportunity and provide a high quality of play for us. That's what a full team is about, how everybody depends on each other and how we need everybody. Hopefully, that'll be the case. We certainly expect them to do that and expect them to step up and do their job. That's really been a great strength of our team. Hopefully, it will be going forward and there will probably be other examples, somebody else that we will need to do that along the line. I don't know who or when or exactly what it'll be but, hopefully, everybody will be prepared and we'll be able to continue to be productive with the players and the people that are in there."