The New England Patriots have suspended defensive lineman Michael Bennett one week for conduct detrimental to the team.
Bennett explained what led to the suspension in a statement provided to ESPN's Jordan Schultz:
Just spoke with #Pats DE Michael Bennett, who provided this statement to ESPN re his one-week suspension: “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.”— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 15, 2019
Bret Bielema is the Patriots defensive line coach. Philosophical disagreement on Friday, the day after Bennett was not a significant part of the game plan against the Giants. https://t.co/T7OGHxRCHe— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) October 15, 2019
Bennett was not present at Tuesday's practice. This suspension means he'll miss the Patriots' Week 7 road game against the rival New York Jets on "Monday Night Football."
The 33-year-old has not played in as many regular-season snaps with the Patriots as many predicted before the 2019 season. His lowest total of the season came last Thursday against the New York Giants when he played only 11 snaps in the Patriots' 35-14 win. He hasn't played in more than 40 percent of New England's total defensive snaps in a game since Week 1.
Bennett has tallied five tackles (four solo) and 2.5 sacks through six games. He was acquired by the Patriots as part of a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in March.
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