FOXBORO -- The Bennett family reunion that was scheduled to take place on the turf at Gillette Stadium this weekend will not go down as planned.
Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett, older brother of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, is still recovering from a knee scope and will not be ready for Sunday night's game in Foxboro. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave Patriots reporters the news during a conference call on Wednesday.
Patriots fans will remember Michael Bennett for his performance in Super Bowl XLIX, when he made life difficult for Tom Brady and recorded five quarterback hits. Patriots football research director Ernie Adams admitted in the "Do Your Job" documentary following that season that the Patriots really couldn't block Bennett, whose tenacity off the line of scrimmage helped him go from an undrafted rookie in 2009 to a Pro Bowler last year. He has three sacks in six games this season.
In Bennett's place, the Seahawks will likely turn to defensive end Frank Clark to take on the majority of the leftover snaps. He has 6.5 sacks, one forced fumbe and one pass defensed thus far this season. Across from Clark will be Cliff Avril, who was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October. He has nine sacks and has forced three fumbles this season.
Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.
The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.
"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."
Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.