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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 21: Defensive end Michael Bennett #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts as he warms up before playing the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Felony charges have been dropped against Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett, according to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday. Bennett had been facing charges of injury to the elderly stemming from an incident after Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.

“We dismissed this case in the interest of justice. After looking at all the evidence, this was the right thing to do,” said Vivian King, chief of staff to Harris County DA Kim Ogg.

Bennett was accused of injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman while pushing his way through security after the Super Bowl in Houston. Bennett allegedly hurt the woman as he shoved his way onto the field to celebrate after brother Martellus and the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI.

Originally indicted last March, Bennett turned himself in and posted a $10,000 bond. Now he likely no longer has to worry about further legal trouble from the incident.

Bennett also just got a small pay-raise from the Patriots, who increased his guaranteed money through a $4 million signing bonus and added about $3 million to the base value of the two years remaining on his contract. The 33-year-old Bennett headlines a Patriots defensive line that just lost Trey Flowers to the Detroit Lions in free agency.

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