Packers release Martellus Bennett, claim he failed to disclose medical condition

Martellus Bennett's only explanation for possible retirement: 'Life'

Packers TE Martellus Bennett out Week 10 with shoulder injury

Starting tight end Martellus Bennett will be out for the game at the Chicago Bears (10 a.m. on WTMJ).

There's a whole lot of vague speculation in there, and we don't need to argue over it.

The Packers cited a "failure to disclose a physical condition" for making the move. Green Bay would not confirm whether or not he would play a game again this season. He made headlines for raising his fist during the national anthem in the preseason, was one of three players to sit during the anthem a couple weeks later and also was closely involved in writing the team's letter to its fans asking them to join in linking arms before the Week 4 game. It ended Wednesday in weird fashion, as the Packers cut the veteran tight end and set the stage for recouping some of the money they clearly feel they wasted on him.

Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Green Bay in March.

During the Packers' bye week, Bennett said that he believed this year would be his last in the NFL.

The Patriots could surely use Bennett. Bennett has been battling a shoulder injury recently. They gave him a $6.3 million signing bonus.

Dwayne Allen, who was supposed to serve as Bennett's replacement this season after coming over in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, doesn't have a reception on six targets.

"Martellus Bennett will not practice this week, he will not be available for the game", coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday's practice.

The Packers know they'll be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee/out for season) and safety Morgan Burnett (groin) this week, but McCarthy was optimistic about the outlook for backup offensive lineman Justin McCray.

Without Bennett, who started all seven games he played in, the Packers will go with Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers at tight end.

Bennett is now in his tenth year in the National Football League after leaving Texas A&M.

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