Bill Belichick mum on Michael Bennett suspension, role for rest of season

Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2019 - 12:12 pm
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FOXBOROUGH -- On Tuesday, it was announced Michael Bennett has been suspended a week by the Patriots, meaning he will miss Monday's game against the Jets.

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In a statement, Bennett called it a "philosophical disagreement" with his position coach, which would be defensive line coach Bret Bielema. It was reported the disagreement was centered around his playing time, which has decreased each and every week since the start of the season, including a season-low 11 snaps last Thursday against the Giants.

Speaking Thursday, Bill Belichick didn't offer much on what happened.

“I am not going to comment on any player’s personal situation," he said.

As for Bennett's role moving forward, Belichick didn't want to get into that, either.

“Right now we’re focused on the Jets," he said. "That is what we’re working on.”

With the trade deadline in less than two weeks, the Patriots could look into trading the defensive lineman, but it's worth wondering what is value is across the league following the suspension. The team could also potentially release him, but there's also a thought that he could have a role at some point this year given the injury potential to anyone on the front-seven of the Patriots defense.

We'll see what happens, but it certainly is a situation worth monitoring leading up to the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

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