The team announced Monday that it cut right tackle Andre Smith and corner Bene Benwikere.

Both players started eight games this season and were in the starting lineup in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Chargers.  

This is a pretty atypical move this late in the season, a sign that the team is clearly sending a message to the rest of the roster. 

During his press conference on Monday, coach Steve Wilks cited inconsistency with both Smith and Benwikere as the reason they were cut. 

The coach insisted he wasn’t sending a message to his players following Sunday’s flop.

“I’m not in the business of sending messages. I’m very direct,” he said, noting if players can’t help on the field, the team needs to move on, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website.

Message or no message, cutting veteran starters in late-November will certainly get the attention of the locker room.

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