Here's why Patriots have suspended Michael Bennett for one game

Nick Goss

The New England Patriots have suspended defensive lineman Michael Bennett one week for conduct detrimental to the team.

Bennett explained what led to the suspension in a statement provided to ESPN's Jordan Schultz:

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Bennett was not present at Tuesday's practice. This suspension means he'll miss the Patriots' Week 7 road game against the rival New York Jets on "Monday Night Football."

The 33-year-old has not played in as many regular-season snaps with the Patriots as many predicted before the 2019 season. His lowest total of the season came last Thursday against the New York Giants when he played only 11 snaps in the Patriots' 35-14 win. He hasn't played in more than 40 percent of New England's total defensive snaps in a game since Week 1.

Bennett has tallied five tackles (four solo) and 2.5 sacks through six games. He was acquired by the Patriots as part of a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in March.

Phil Perry takes a closer look at Michael Bennett's snap count>>>

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