Jordy Nelson defends Packers doctor, trainers

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Former Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, days after securing his release from the team, has slammed the organization for the handling of his shoulder injury. Bennett, among other things, took aim at Dr. Pat McKenzie, a Packers physician whom Bennett claims he didn’t trust — and whom Bennett suggests was trying to persuade him to play with a shoulder injury.

Current Packers receiver Jordy Nelson has defended Dr. McKenzie with a statement posted Friday afternoon on social media.

“In 10 years of being with the Packers organization and having multiple injuries and surgeries, I have never once felt pressured to play in a game,” Nelson said. “If anything, I have had to try and convince Dr. McKenzie and the athletic trainers to allow me to practice or play in a game. Dr. McKenzie is very cautious about putting players back on the field with an injury and always puts the player’s health before the team.”

Via USA Today, various other current and former players have defended Dr. McKenzie.

These claims carry extra weight, given that Bennett wanted to get surgery on his shoulder while playing for the Packers but now is willing to play with a torn rotator cuff in New England. It seems fairly clear that, once quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, Bennett wanted out of Green Bay. By telling the team he planned to have surgery, Bennett got his wish. Now that he’s back with a contender who remains a viable Super Bowl contender, Bennett is willing to play.

Until Tom Brady breaks his collarbone, that is.

38 responses to “Jordy Nelson defends Packers doctor, trainers

  1. The Rodgers injury was the beginning of the end for the packers. This season ends with Teddy Thompson quietly retiring in shame. He’s too old for the GM game. Compare their roster to the Vikings. The Packers are the Indianapolis Colts of the NFC. Outside of Rodgers, their roster is horrible. That’s on the GM. They’ve been riding Rodgers coat tails for too long. As a Vikings fan, it scares me to think of how good the Packers could be with a competent GM and coaching staff.

  2. It seems to me Bennett gave up on the season after Mike McCarthy gave up on the season by insisting on moving forward with a garbage quarterback who was ill prepared to play in the NFL. I’m not saying Hundley won’t be good someday but at this point he is terrible.

    If the coach and organization has given up on the season why shouldn’t the players.

    Two games.
    One Touchdown.
    Four Interceptions.
    58.8% completion rate.
    Zero wins.

  3. Yeah they’re all angels up there, that’s why the Pack took Al Jazeera to court for defaming 3 of their players (Matthews, Peppers, Neal) over HGH on…oh wait, they didn’t? But surely the players did? No?

    3 more Packers have failed tests since then (Bush, Goodson, and Pennel). And of course there’s always more, and with so much dope up there it’s nigh on endemic at times in the recent past and hard to see how their angelic docs weren’t/aren’t aware.

    And don’t forget these supposed experts passed Bennett as fit, and didn’t bother to MRI the guy despite his playing through much of 2016 banged-up (ankle and SHOULDER over the 2nd half of the reg season, and then added a knee problem thru the playoffs). Those docs should have done every test possible and found that rotator cuff straight away.

  4. The truth is somewhere in the middle and Marty is a straight shooter. He’s hurt and not 100% and played the second half of last year hurt. Everyone knew it. His injury got worse when the season wore on. With Rodgers out and the Packers fading, Bennett and his doctors thought he should shut it down. He did not engineer an out to New England. Any team could have picked him up for $700K for the second half of the season and no further obligations. The Patriots had the next to last pick.

    Bennett is still hurt and listed as questionable. He’s not going to be used as an every down player. Green Bay sent out signals that they are going to file suit against Bennett. Bennett responded by ripping them a new one on Instagram. Packers fans are upset. Patriots fans hope that Bennett can give them something as Allen has been zero factor in the passing game.

  5. This should carry some sort of punishment, as it sets a very poor precedent. “I don’t like how this seasons going with my new team, I’m going to force their hand via injury”. Seriously, you may not have liked McNairs comments, but when the players pull stunts like this, it starts to hold water.

  6. Again. I have to ask. When did the season end? How did the Vikings win the SuperBowl? Either the Vikings are a shoe-in or their fans are a hell of a lot more interested in the demise of the Packers than the success of the Vikings.

    Rookies.

  7. Don’t forget these supposed fantastic doctors passed Bennett as fit, and didn’t bother to MRI the guy despite his playing through much of 2016 banged-up (ankle and SHOULDER over the 2nd half of the reg season, and then added a knee problem thru the playoffs). Pack should have seen those injury reports and done every test possible (at least on those listed body parts) and found that rotator cuff straight away.

  8. zombiepatriot says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    It seems to me Bennett gave up on the season after Mike McCarthy gave up on the season by insisting on moving forward with a garbage quarterback who was ill prepared to play in the NFL. I’m not saying Hundley won’t be good someday but at this point he is terrible.
    _________________

    Yeah, because its Hundleys fault the Lions didn’t punt on MNF, Hundley may not be elite, and maybe other QBs could do better, but when the defense plays like they have the last 6 quarters, its going to be pretty tough for ANY QB. To get the team a W.

  9. Other players (current and former) defending McKenzie against Bennett’s allegations so far: Rodgers, Jahri Evans, Jeff Janis, TJ Lang, John Kuhn, Tom Crabtree, LeRoy Butler, Jermichael Finley.

    Dr McKenzie has performed surgery on players of the UW-Oshkosh football team. I know two of those men personally and they would also tell you they tried to beg McKenzie to let them play.

    Members of the media who have covered the team or have been in the organization such as Greg Bedard and Andrew Brandt have also attested to the ultra conservative nature of the Packers medical team.

    It seems pretty clear that Bennett is lying. And he obviously isn’t helping his own case by saying three other doctors told him he needed surgery but now is suddenly healthy enough to practice.

  10. Can a team file a grievance against a player? The Pack need to if they can. Should also be trying to recoup ad much signing bonus as possible. MB has committed fraud.

  11. Seems Bennett is a bit surprised he isn’t being treated like a Prince toward the end of his career lol. Reality is a bitch isn’t it?
    I remember the buzz around Hundley when he was drafted. All the Packer fans were ready to have him ride the bench and take over for Rodgers while Aaron was still in his 30’s and still able to command a first rounder or two, plus others in a trade.
    I am seriously awaiting the total abandonment of the fan base when they come down to Earth with a non elite qb on the roster. ALL the past years of having Packer fans infest every Vikings story beating their chests and saying the worst things in the World to us..
    Rodgers should seriously consider taking next year off to properly and completely heal that shoulder. You saw what Romo went through, this statement isn’t from a Vikings fan, it is from a Football fan who would hate to see a stellar career end early because he rushed things.

  12. There was need for Jordyn to defend the doctor. Injuries with regard to contracts is one where topic with which the players need to pull in the same direction. It is doubtful that Jordy is aware of Bennetts health status. These nfl players will always have a weak unuion.

  13. Here’s where I say that a Patriot player has limited credibility. Hard to believe anything that comes from Bennett brother. Having this DB on the team is beyond irritating. Maybe he catches the SB winning pass but it’s like that old story about the ex wife, the new caddy and the cliff.

  14. So he couldn’t play for Green Bay because he was injured and needed surgery. Green Bay’s Doctors are Terrible and he needs to sit out and get paid millions.

    However, Since he was cut and joined the Patriots the shoulder is ok and he is ready to play ? Should be charged with attempted robbery.

  15. “It seems to me Bennett gave up on the season after Mike McCarthy gave up on the season by insisting on moving forward with a garbage quarterback who was ill prepared to play in the NFL. I’m not saying Hundley won’t be good someday but at this point he is terrible.

    If the coach and organization has given up on the season why shouldn’t the players.”

    ………………………………………………………………………..

    Coach’s coach,players play and more importantly players honor their contract. “If the coach and organization has given up on the season why shouldn’t the players.” To say that shows a loser mentality with zero self accountability. Cop out!

  16. If it comes down to trusting the word of Jordy Nelson versus Martellus Bennett…..the answer to that question is too obvious to require elaboration.

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