“Benched”, past participle, past tense of bench (Verb) can be used in a number of ways and does not always mean kicked to the sidelines (not to be confused with curb).
When you live with a woodworker there are definite pluses and minuses. You get used to being benched. There are long disappearances into the basement punctuated by short, muffled expletives seeping up through the floor. On the plus side, however, is Woodworking Magazine. When I have trouble sleeping, the woodworker needs only to read a few sentences in his particularly sonorous voice and zzzz’s immediately follow.