The Green Bay Packers have ruled out tight end Martellus Bennett for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears due to a shoulder injury he suffered during practice last week, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Wednesday.
It will be the second straight game that Bennett has sat out due to the injury, as he didn’t play in Monday’s loss to the Detroit Lions
McCarthy said Bennett is still getting medical opinions on his injury.
“I know he was in here (Tuesday),” McCarthy said. “There’s a number of opinions that he’s working through. He met with our medical staff yesterday, so they’re still going through the process, but he will be out against Chicago.”
The veteran tight end hasn’t played since he announced during the Packers’ bye week that he was leaning toward retiring at the end of this season.
“After conversations with my family, I’m pretty sure these next eight games will be the conclusion of my NFL career,” Bennett wrote on an Instagram story on October 29. “To everyone that has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.”
When Bennett returned from the bye, he offered only a one-word explanation for what led him to that decision: “Life,” he said.
With Bennett sidelined, the Packers only have two other tight ends on their active roster. Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers, who combined for three catches and 37 yards in Monday’s loss to the Lions.
The Packers will be without two other important players this week. Right tackle Bulaga tore the ACL in his right knee against the Lions and will miss the rest of the season, while safety Morgan Burnett sustained a groin injury and has already been ruled out.