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Pats DE Bennett excused from beginning of camp

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive end Michael Bennett has been excused for the first three days of New England Patriots training camp for "personal reasons," director of player personnel Nick Caserio said on Saturday.

The Patriots acquired Bennett in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 14, and are counting on him to help fill the void created by the free-agent departure of Trey Flowers, who lead the team in sacks last season with 7.5.

Caserio didn't detail what is keeping the 33-year-old Bennett away, saying, "Michael has been great to work with, so we'll leave it at that.