Pack­ers cut Ben­nett, hope to re­coup cash

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT -

The Pack­ers waived former Bears tight end Martel­lus Ben­nett on Wed­nes­day, cit­ing a fail­ure to dis­close a med­i­cal con­di­tion, which al­lows them to at­tempt to re­coup some of his sign­ing bonus.

Ben­nett, who signed a three­year, $ 21 mil­lion deal in March after win­ning a Su­per Bowl with the Pa­tri­ots, played seven games for the Pack­ers. He had been deal­ing with a shoul­der in­jury and said late last month that he might re­tire at the end of the sea­son.

In 2014, Ben­nett set Bears records for a tight end with 90 catches for 916 yards. He stayed away from Halas Hall the next off­sea­son, hop­ing that gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace would give him a more lu­cra­tive con­tract. A year later, he was traded to the Pa­tri­ots.

De­spite Zach Miller’s in­jury, a Bears re­union is un­likely. Ben­nett can be claimed off waivers Thurs­day.

Jones threat­ens Good­ell deal

Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones has threat­ened to sue the NFL over a pro­posed con­tract ex­ten­sion for com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell, a dis­pute ap­par­ently sparked by star run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott’s sixgame sus­pen­sion over al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Jones also has ex­pressed dis­ap­proval with the struc­ture and com­pen­sa­tion in the con­tract ex­ten­sion.

El­liott’s third le­gal re­prieve came in an emer­gency stay two days be­fore the Cow­boys beat the Chiefs. Now El­liott seeks a longer­last­ing in­junc­tion from a three­judge panel that will hear his case Thurs­day in New York.

Vik­ings add Bridge­wa­ter to ros­ter

The Vik­ings took quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter off the phys­i­cally un­able- to- per­form list. He’s on the ac­tive ros­ter for the first time in more than 14 months, when his left knee was badly in­jured dur­ing prac- tice. Quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford was put on in­jured re­serve amid con­tin­ued trou­ble with his left knee.

Colts’ Davis up­set over bench­ing

Colts corner­back Von­tae Davis is up­set he was de­moted be­cause of what the team called a non- in­jury re­lated mat­ter. The two- time Pro Bowl player says he has been limited by a lin­ger­ing groin in­jury.

In­jury news

Buc­ca­neers quar­ter­back Jameis Win­ston con­sulted with Dr. James An­drews about his sore throw­ing shoul­der. Win­ston will miss at least two games.

Sea­hawks run­ning back Ed­die Lacy ( groin) is out and Earl Thomas ( ham­string) is doubt­ful head­ing into the game Thurs­day night at Ari­zona.

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