The incident in question is when Bennett entered the field after his brother, Martellus, won the Super Bowl in February of 2017. Pelissero adds that the courts are seeking a tape that shows Bennett as he arrives at the field. The August date for arraignment is problematic since it's just two days before the Eagles' first preseason contest. If the case goes to trial, it'll likely be after the season.
The Eagles don't take the field until Tuesday, but Bennett's presence at the facility is significant nonetheless since the defensive end didn't attend voluntary OTAs this spring. While it's possible his legal situation could prevent him from taking the field in Week 1, Bennett presumably will still be entering training camp with the first-string defense.
Bennett didn't report to first day of OTAs on Tuesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
This isn't related to the felony charge Bennett is facing in Harris County, Texas, Tim McManus reports, and head coach Doug Pederson isn't worried about his absence. Bennett has racked up 23.5 sacks during his last three seasons with the Seahawks, and he will help bolster an already strong defensive corps in Philly.
A Harris County, TX grand jury indicted Bennett on Friday for a felony charge of injury to the elderly, Jerome Solomon of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Bennett allegedly hurt a 66-year-old paraplegic while pushing his way onto the field at the conclusion of Super Bowl LI when the Patriots defeated the Falcons. His new team, the Eagles, released a statement acknowledging they're aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information, but they don't have any further comment at the time. Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to the Eagles at the start of the league year in mid-March.
Seattle's fearsome defense of recent seasons is embarking on a sea change in its ranks. Bennett will be the first to depart -- once the new league year starts March 14 -- joining the reigning Super Bowl champs. Owed $18 million over the next three seasons, he'll join a D-line rotation that includes Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Timmy Jernigan, Chris Long and Derek Barnett. During his five seasons with the Seahawks, Bennett compiled at least seven sacks on four occasions.
|P3||8/23/18||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||3||2.0||1||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||15||13.0||2||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||39||35.0||4||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||41||34.0||7||9||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2009||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|