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Packers rule TE Martellus Bennett out for Bears game

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After missing Monday’s game, the Packers tight end is suddenly looking at a long-term absence.

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Add yet another name to the list of players who will be sitting out when the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Tight end Martellus Bennett missed the loss to the Detroit Lions with a shoulder injury on Monday, and on Wednesday head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that he will sit out this coming week’s contest as well. McCarthy said that Bennett met with the Packers’ medical staff on Tuesday and is getting opinions on the injury.

Bennett’s absence comes at an interesting time. Over the bye week, he posted on social media about his intention to retire at the end of the 2017 season. Now, he will be missing the first two games following that announcement.

With Bennett not suiting up, Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks handled all of the snaps at the position. Rodgers played the most snaps on offense, edging out Kendricks by just a few plays.

On the season, Bennett has 24 receptions on 38 targets, racking up 233 yards through the air without a touchdown. His 33.3 yards per game is a career-low since he became a full-time starter in 2012.