By cutting Bennett with that designation, it sets up the Packers' case for a grievance to reclaim the $4.2 million in remaining prorated signing bonus money.
It's unclear exactly how Bennett got hurt.
Bennett's production in the seven games he did play was modest: 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns. He was not on the Packers' sideline during that game.
Bennett, who won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots in February after one of his most productive seasons as a pro, gave a halfhearted indication he would retire at the end of the season in a message he posted to his Instagram story during the bye week. Everything began to unravel after that. He took part in the first practice after the Packers' bye week but hasn't been on the field since then.
Bennett had been battling a shoulder injury.
Martellus Bennett is the latest Green Bay player to be ruled out for Week 10.
That answer would indicate Bennett never mentioned the shoulder injury until after that practice.
According to ESPN, the Packers have released Bennett.
But if another team is looking to sign him off waivers, or once he becomes a free agent after 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, identifying what's ailing him will be just as important as understanding his future plans. If he goes unclaimed after that, he is free to sign with any team and continue playing. He is the brother of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who has sat during the anthem.
"The other guys have proven they can do it as well", tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said last week when asked about not having Bennett.