New England Patriots

Michael Bennett speaks to reporters after practice for the New England Patriots at minicamp on June 4, 2019 in Foxborough, Mass. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

By Matt McCarthy,

The Patriots reportedly lifted Michael Bennett’s suspension on Tuesday, paving the way for the disgruntled defensive lineman to return after being reprimanded for conduct detrimental to the team.

Aaron Wilson, who covers the NFL for the Houston Chronicle, was the first to report the news.

Bennett was suspended last week after apparently getting into a disagreement with defensive line coach Bret Bielema over his playing time. Bennett played a season-low 11 snaps in the Week 6 win over the Giants, one day before the incident reportedly occurred.

“I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension,” Bennett said in a statement when news of his suspension broke last week. “I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused.”

Bennett has played only 35 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2019.

With a week before the NFL trading deadline, it is possible the Patriots could look to move Bennett should they find a suitor.

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