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The Green Bay Packers have cut tight end Martellus Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation, the team announced Wednesday.

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.

Bennett is now subject to waivers. All 31 other teams have until 4 p.m. ET Thursday to submit a claim on him. If he does not get claimed, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team at any time after that.

Bennett’s release comes hours after Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled him out for this week because of a shoulder injury. McCarthy said last week that Bennett was still being evaluated by doctors.

The veteran tight end hasn’t played since he announced during the Packers’ bye week that he was “pretty sure” this would be his last NFL season. When Bennett returned from the bye, he offered only a one-word explanation for what led him to that decision: “Life,” he said.

It’s unclear exactly how Bennett got hurt. He took part in the first practice after the Packers’ bye week but hasn’t been on the field since then.

The Packers have only two other tight ends on their roster: Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers. Without Bennett on Monday night against the Lions, Kendricks had two catches for 32 yards and Rodgers one catch for 5 yards.

The Packers signed Bennett to a three-year, $21 million contract as a free agent in March. They gave him a $6.3 million signing bonus. If Bennett retires, the Packers would likely go after the remaining two-thirds of his signing bonus. If they do, Bennett would have to return $4.2 million. He also would leave up to $12.95 million of additional income on the table.

The Packers already had ruled out two other players this week: right tackle Bryan Bulaga and safety Morgan Burnett. Bulaga tore the ACL in his right knee against the Lions and will miss the rest of the season, while Burnett suffered a groin injury and won’t play this week.

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When veteran tight end Martellus Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers this spring, he never offered any hint that his stay would be much shorter.

But Bennett might be calling it quits after just one year in Green Bay.

Bennett, 30, posted an Instagram story on Saturday saying he is considering retirement after this season, his 10th in the NFL.

“After conversations with my family, I’m pretty sure these next eight games will be the conclusion of my NFL career,” Bennett wrote. “To everyone that has poured themselves and time into my life and career. These next games are for you. Thank you.”

A Packers source confirmed Saturday that the team is aware of Bennett’s possible retirement after the season. Green Bay, which is on a bye this week, has nine games to go in the regular season.

Even after he signed with the Packers, Bennett maintained his home in Long Grove, Illinois, a northern suburb. Bennett spoke frequently about the return trips he made there to see his wife and daughter.

“It’s only two-and-a-half hours from here, so it’s been a blessing,” Bennett said last spring during OTAs.

Bennett got off to a slow start this season and battled drops, but he has 24 catches (fourth-most on the team) for 233 yards without a touchdown.

Before Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, the Packers quarterback said he needed to make sure he got Bennett more involved early in games. Earlier this month, Bennett said he wasn’t disappointed in his relatively limited production because he was still getting used to playing with Rodgers, and the Packers were winning. They were 4-1 at the time but have lost two straight since Rodgers went down.

“It’s a long season,” Bennett said earlier this month. “The season’s still getting started. For me, I left a couple of plays on the field here and there, but it’s just getting used to and getting acclimated to playing in a game-type situation with Aaron and the team and the flow of things. So just try to figure out that, try to get in a good rhythm. I haven’t really been able to get in a rhythm yet. But we’re just getting started, and we’re winning games. That’s all that really matters.

“It doesn’t matter if I have 10 catches or two catches. There’s a lot of stuff I’ll make an impact in the game with. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting the ball or not. If my impact on this week’s game is chipping a lot, I’m going to try to do the best job I can do chipping. If they need me to catch 10 balls, I’m going to try to go catch 10 balls. Every single week is different. I know a lot of the outside people look at statistics, but I just look at Ws.”

The Packers signed Bennett after they decided to let tight end Jared Cook leave in free agency. Cook then signed a two-year, $10.6 million deal with the Raiders.

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Defending Aaron Rodgers cost Martellus Bennett $9,115.The Green Bay Packers tight end was fined by the NFL for his unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s regular-season opener against Seattle. But Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who was ejected from the game, was not docked any money.

Bennett came to the defense of his quarterback. He took exception to Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright’s tackle on Rodgers’ fourth-quarter scramble for a first down. Rodgers did not slide and Wright tackled him. Bennett gave Wright a two-handed shove.

“It’s my quarterback,” Bennett said after the game. “I’ve always got his back. It’s a bad penalty at that moment in time, but I thought it was a cheap shot. I saw him out of my peripheral, which isn’t the best all the time. I always protect the quarterback. I’ll never let anybody take a cheap shot on my guy. That’s any guy on the team. I’ve got everybody’s back.”

Rodgers said he appreciated Bennett coming to his defense.

“It meant a lot to me; it really did,” Rodgers said. “Any time your teammates do something [like] that, it’s special.”

Lane was ejected for an altercation with Packers receiver Davante Adams during the first quarter after officials said Lane threw a punch.

“I didn’t see the punch at all,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “I’m disappointed that play would have such a magnitude on the game. … I’m anxious to hear how the league tells us how that went and what should happen there.”