Packers release tight end Martellus Bennett

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bennett is now dealing with a shoulder injury and head coach Mike McCarthy said the tight end won't play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

The Green Bay Packers cut tight end Martellus Bennett on Wednesday after only seven games with the team.

The injury would have kept him out of Sunday's game at Chicago, which is where Bennett calls home after spending the 2013 through 2015 seasons with the Bears.

According to ESPN, the Packers have released Bennett.

The injury-riddled Packers have lost three straight games and are now two games behind the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North at 4-4. If the veteran tight end is healthy, there should be a substantial market for him.

By cutting Bennett with that designation, it sets up the Packers' case for a grievance to reclaim the $4.2 million in remaining prorated signing bonus money.

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"I know he was in here [Tuesday]", McCarthy said prior to Wednesday's practice.

He didn't play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game.

Asked directly after Monday night's game whether Bennett's shoulder injury happened during that October 31 post-bye practice or before that, McCarthy cryptically answered, "Just everything as far as the medical information being gathered was post-practice Tuesday".

Bennett had 24 receptions for 233 yards with no touchdowns for the Packers. That day, Bennett left the locker room telling reporters he wouldn't be talking with them because there was "nothing to talk about".

Meanwhile, Bennett will hit waivers, where another team can claim him if it so chooses. If no teams does then Bennett will become a free agent.

"The other guys have proven they can do it as well", tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said last week when asked about not having Bennett. "If Marty's not, the other guys are ready to go".

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