Eagles DE Michael Bennett has arraignment postponed again


Michael Bennett’s arraignment on felony charges related to an incident following the 2016 Super Bowl in Houston has been delayed again, his attorney told NFL.com.

Attorney Rusty Hardin told Tom Pelissero of NFL.com that the arraignment, which has already been postponed several times, has been postponed from Wednesday until Aug. 7.

Bennett, who the Eagles acquired from the Seahawks in March, was charged in connection with an incident at NRG Stadium in Houston following Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and Falcons.

Bennett was at the game to see his brother, Martellus, who was with the Patriots at the time and was charged with pushing and injuring an elderly disabled woman who was working in a security capacity as he tried to enter the field to see his brother after the game.

“He just didn’t do it,” Hardin told Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia back in March.

Bennett was originally assigned an April 23 arraignment date. That was moved to May 18 and then to Wednesday.

If Bennett’s hearing is indeed on Aug. 7, he would likely have to miss some training camp time. The Eagles open the preseason two days later at the Linc against the Steelers, so Aug. 7 would almost certainly be a regular practice day.

Hardin told NFL.com he hopes charges are dropped before the regular season, but if they're not he expects the case will not go to trial until after the season is over.

Bennett, 32, is a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end. He has 54 sacks in nine NFL seasons, including 23 1/2 for the Seahawks the last three seasons.

Bennett participated in the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp earlier this month but declined to talk about the alleged incident in Houston, which occurred on Feb. 5, 2017.

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