According to ESPN'S Adam Schefter the Patriots have claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off of waivers from the Packers. Bennett was clearly banged up with injuries by the end of the season but showed toughness by plowing through them to keep playing. Bennett is now dealing with a shoulder injury. He also sat out Monday's 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The outspoken tight end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots a year ago, his only season in New England.
The Packers waived Bennett with a "failure to diagnose physical condition" designation, and the Patriots, who were among the lowest in the pecking order, snagged him. Allen - a solid locker-room presence and blocker - doesn't have a catch through eight games. Bennett is due $423,529 for the rest of the season.
Bennett was listed as having not practiced on his last day with the team on Wednesday. These next games are for you. In 16 appearances (12 starts), Bennett would haul in 55 receptions for 501 yards and seven TDs.
"Martellus Bennett will not practice this week, he will not be available for the game", coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday's practice. He is the brother of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who has sat during the anthem. Allen has yet to catch a pass this season. He covers the National Football League and New England Patriots. As for Green Bay, the team will move on with Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks at the position.