Packers release Martellus Bennett, claim he failed to disclose medical condition


The Green Bay Packers' head coach says another name has been added to the list of key players who will miss Sunday's game in Chicago.

ESPN reporter Field Yates revealed the news on Wednesday.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last off-season and started seven games.

However, it's still an unusual situation in Green Bay, and it'll be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple of months.

Bennett played three seasons with the Bears from 2013-'15, posting the best numbers of his career. That update turned into McCarthy ruling Bennett out this week with a shoulder injury, which quickly devolved into them parting ways over Bennett's failure to disclose his medical condition.

The Packers have two other tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers.

The veteran tight end made waves last week when he indicated through his Instagram account that he was likely to retire after the 2017 season.

Bennett is getting different input from doctors on how to proceed with the injury after missing Monday's loss to the Lions.

Had Bennett chose 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.

In seven games for Green Bay this season, Bennett has recorded 24 receptions for 233 yards and zero touchdowns. They gave him a $6.3 million signing bonus. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".