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Patriots Release Tight End Martellus Bennett

The New England Patriots have released tight end Martellus Bennett, the team announced Wednesday.

Bennett, 31, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 9 and played in two games for the Patriots, catching six passes for 53 yards, before being placed on injured reserve with hamstring and shoulder issues. Green Bay released him for "failing to disclose a physical condition."

He had previously played for New England during the 2016 Super Bowl season, catching 55 passes for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.

Bennett was due a $2 million roster bonus next week. His release will save New England about $6 million in salary cap space.

There had been some speculation that the Patriots might keep Bennett around since Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn't yet said whether he'll return next season or possibly retire. But an NFL Network report last week said that Gronkowski is expected to play for the team next season.

The Patriots also released former practice squad player Bernard Reedy on Wednesday.

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