Michael Bennett addresses suspension, still seems frustrated with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
October 23, 2019 - 4:12 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- Last week, Michael Bennett was suspended one game for what he called a "philosophical disagreement" with his position coach.

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The veteran defensive end spoke for the first time following his suspension Wednesday.

“It seems like everybody already made their opinions about it," Bennett said. "It’s America. You can voice your opinion about how you feel about certain situations. That’s what I did.”

He added: “I didn’t take away nothing. I got suspended, lost money and what’s there to take away from that? There’s no love lost, it’s just how it is.”

Following the suspension, is he on good terms with the coaching staff?

“You’ll have to ask them," Bennett said.

The 33-year-old reportedly was suspended over his lack of playing time following a season-low 11 snaps against the Giants. This is a major adjustment from his past when he was playing upwards of 60-70 percent of the snaps. With the Patriots, it's been just 30 percent.

"I mean, it’s always an adjustment when you’re not playing," he said. "I mean, just get used to it, but we’re winning. I think that’s the most important thing as a teammate, but as an individual, you always want to play more and make some more plays. "

With next Tuesday being the NFL trade deadline, there's always the chance Bennett could be dealt.

“That is up to them," he said. "That is up to the team and how they feel about it. I like playing here.”

While he said he likes playing in New England in that response, he had a different one when asked if he's happy.

"It is what it is, man," Bennett said.

Reading between the lines, Bennett wants to play more than he's playing and with the way the Patriots do things, that isn't going to change. Keep an eye on this, as this situation does not appear to be over. It certainly isn't a case of him coming back from suspension with a new attitude.

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