UPDATE: Martellus Bennett claimed by New England Patriots

UPDATE: Martellus Bennett claimed by New England Patriots

Updated: 3:23 p.m. November 9, 2017

BOSTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Multiple NFL insiders, including ESPN's Adam Shefter, are reporting that Martellus Bennet has been claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots.

Bennett was just waived by the Packers on Wednesday.

The Packers said Bennett did not disclose an injury to them and that is why he was waived.


Posted: 4:21 p.m. November 8, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Martellus Bennett won't play Sunday against the Bears and may not play at all for the rest of the season.

The move is such a surprise, reporters were finishing up a session in the Packers locker room and had no idea Martellus Bennett's time with the team was over.

Bennett was a Super Bowl champion last year with New England, but the Packers have cut Bennett after just seven games played with a "failure to disclose a medical condition" designation. 

Bennett has been one of the league's most talented tight ends and he was brought in to be a primary weapon in the offense. But Bennett has been a disappointment through the first half of the season, averaging less than 35 yards a game and never reaching the end zone as a Packer.

CBS 58 Sports caught up with Aaron Ripkowski in the locker room who had no idea Bennett was no longer his teammate.

"He's just another vet you can rely on, knowing how to approach your day-to-day business. He was a guy, I didn't know he was cut. That's crazy. It's my first time hearing it. I guess we'll see where that goes. He's a big personality. Some would call him wild but there is enough room in here for all kinds of personalities as long as you get your job done. That's the most important thing," Ripkowski said on the release of Bennett. 

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