Packers' Martellus Bennett won't play vs. Bears after shoulder injury

Packers' Martellus Bennett won't play vs. Bears after shoulder injury

Had Bennett made a decision to retire after the season - as he said he might in a seemingly out-of-nowhere social media post during the bye week - the club likely would have gone after the $4.2 million unamortized portion of the $6.3 million guaranteed signing bonus Bennett received.

Bennett is subject to waivers, so any team can put a claim in on him before 3 p.m. today.

Considering the Packers lost star QB Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone, Bennett wouldn't have been much of an impact player for the team down the stretch anyway.

"The 6'6" TE struggled to adjust to the offensive scheme in Green Bay, as in seven games he only recorded 24 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns, and developed an issue with drops that he never seemed to recover from.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced hours before the report that Bennett would not play Sunday against the Bears due to a shoulder injury.

During the Packers' bye week, Bennett said that he believed this year would be his last in the NFL. What will be interesting to see moving forward is whether or not Green Bay will look to void the remainder of Bennett's contract. If they do, Bennett would have to return $4.2 million. His 33.3 yards per game is the lowest total of his career since 2011 when he found himself behind Jason Witten on the tight end depth chart with the Dallas Cowboys.

Last month, Bennett, 30, wrote an Instagram story explaining he was leaning toward retiring after this season.

Bennett returned with the rest of the team on October 31 and took part in practice that day. He endured a shoulder injury that kept him out of Monday's game against the Detroit Lions.

The Packers will look to veterans Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers to serve as the top tight ends in their offense moving forward.

According to ESPN, the Packers have released Bennett. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".



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