By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
As first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have suspended defensive lineman Michael Bennett for one week for conduct detrimental to the team. This explains Bennett's absence from the media availability portion of Patriots practice on Tuesday in Foxboro.
Bennett confirmed his suspension and provided a brief statement to ESPN's Jordan Schultz. Bennett says his suspension stems from an issue last week with Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema.
His statement says: "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."
Bennett played a season-low 11 defensive snaps last Thursday against the Giants and has played just 130 of 364 snaps this season, per Pro Football Reference. Only seven Patriots players have played fewer snaps on defense.
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