Patriots reportedly suspend Michael Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team

Ryan Hannable
October 15, 2019 - 3:39 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- The Michael Bennett case has taken a turn.

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After seeing his playing time decrease mostly every week since the start of the season, including a season-low 11 snaps last Thursday against the Giants, the defensive lineman has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Giardi.

He will miss Monday night's game against the Jets.

Bennett also released a statement to ESPN: “On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension. I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.”

The Patriots' position coach is Bret Bielema.

It's unclear what happens next, but the potential of him being dealt by the trade deadline is certainly on the table.

Bennett has the sixth-highest cap hit on the team at $6.5 million.

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