Martellus Bennett: I wanted shoulder surgery, Packers wanted me to keep playing

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Tight end Martellus Bennett is back with the Patriots after being waived by the Packers this week, but he’s not done talking about what led to his departure from Green Bay nine weeks into a multi-year deal.

Bennett was waived with a failure to disclose injury designation related to the shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup last weekend and was set to have him on Green Bay’s inactive list again this week. In a series of posts to his Instagram stories, Bennett took issue with the Packers’ claim and with the care he received from team doctor Patrick McKenzie.

Bennett wrote that the team examined his shoulder when he signed and cleared it and that things got worse as the season went along. He said he circled his shoulder “pretty much” every week when given a body evaluation sheet by the team and that the pain got worse when he stopped taking anti-inflammatories during the bye in Week Eight. Upon returning to the team, he asked for an evaluation “and that’s when we found out it was really f–ed up.”

“Dr. McKenzie didn’t make [me] feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird,” Bennett wrote. “Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got three other opinions from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bulls–t excuse.”

Bennett reportedly has a torn rotator cuff, but was at Patriots practice and there’s no sign that he failed a physical with the team or is set to have surgery. He did not discuss that apparent change of heart, which may be as simple as deciding to play through an injury on an offense with Tom Brady rather than one with Brett Hundley.

151 responses to “Martellus Bennett: I wanted shoulder surgery, Packers wanted me to keep playing

  1. Clearly Bennett just didn’t want to play for Packas. To say that he’s hurt but he could play for Pats smells fishy. No body is that dumb. He used the Packas for money and never wanted to play for them.

  2. LOL he says the Packers didn’t let him have the needed surgery on the very same day he’s practicing for the Patriots. So did that waiver claim fix his shoulder enough so he can play through it now?

  3. Yes, a lot of us believe him. Team doctors have a long history of hiding injuries from players and downplaying the lasting impact of an injury in order to keep a player in. They put the team before players all the time, even in lost seasons. There’s a long history of team doctors doing this kind of thing to players in many sports.

  4. What I don’t understand is if he decided to “get it fixed” while in Green Bay why did the Patriots sign him, and why is he practicing with them and not getting it fixed. Something is shady here and it has nothing to do with the Patriots.

  5. Can the vikings start their late season collapse so we can just avoid their constant need to post on every Packers story? More collarbone comments please……keep it classy

  6. Marty is flat out lying about Pat McKenzie. McKenzie is one of the top doctors in the nation and anyone familiar with the GB organization knows they are annoyingly conservative about treating injuries. They never take chances like that.

    Just like previous comments..if it’s so bad you asked for surgery then why are you practicing in New England? Clearly he bailed because he felt like it. Marty could care less about his teammates and the Packers should go after every dollar they can get back from him.

  7. bullcharger says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    jimnsota says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    Probably a broken collar bone.

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    Huh?
    ________________

    Yes the Purple fans feel a need to post on every story involving the Packers..the only way they are relevant is by one of the most exciting players in the league getting hurt and giving their franchise life….

  8. Packers should file a grievance to re-coop signing bonus money…based on what he said, I can’t believe they’d lose.

  9. Media: How come you were too injured to play for the Pack, needing surgery, and suddenly you are healthy enough to play for the Pats?
    Bennett: Well, you see, The Pats have Brady’s magic water in the locker room and avocado ice cream. Between those two items, and Coach Belicheks meditations, I am now healed completely. It’s a miracle, I tell you, A miracle.

  10. Watch the Patriots cut him immediately and void the contract. Either he’s lying or else why would the Patriots sign someone just so he could have surgery and sit out unless he didn’t disclose the extent of his injury to them either.

  11. Bennett saw once Rodgers got hurt his season and chances at a title were going no where. He’s always been a me first player and highly doubt a team doctor is forcing someone to play.

  12. basilmarinerchase says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    Yes, a lot of us believe him. Team doctors have a long history of hiding injuries from players and downplaying the lasting impact of an injury in order to keep a player in. They put the team before players all the time, even in lost seasons. There’s a long history of team doctors doing this kind of thing to players in many sports.

    I agree that happens a lot. In this case I don’t think the doctors pushed him. If he was that worried about surgery, he wouldn’t be practicing with the Patriots. He wants his money and will do whatever he needs to so he gets it.

  13. cboys4life2014 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    A Bennett brother playing victim? Hard to consider that news anymore
    ________________________________________________________

    Not unlike your team’s owner and RB.

  14. What’s the next act at the circus in GB ?
    =====

    Dom Capers asleep in the coaches box.

    Mike McCarthy with more clueless looks on his face.

    For sale signs being placed on Ted Thompsons lawn again……

  15. He definitely forced himself to be cut because he checked out once Rodgers got hurt.

    The fact he is practicing with NE and on his way to Denver right now is telling.

    Oh well. This is part of the risk you take on with a malcontent type. BB had to deal Moss in early 2010 because he wanted a new deal heading into a lockout as a player past 30 years of age, which would have been foolish of the Pats to do.

    You can either have an environment than handles the malcontent, or you remove it. GB chose to remove it.

  16. jimmyjohns01 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    Watch the Patriots cut him immediately and void the contract. Either he’s lying or else why would the Patriots sign someone just so he could have surgery and sit out unless he didn’t disclose the extent of his injury to them either.

    1 0 Rate This

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    Bennett’s on a plane right now chasing a 2nd ring in 2 years. You clearly have not been paying attention.

  17. I’m not sure what’s so hard to understand.

    Wouldn’t you play through an injury for a chance at a ring?

    Playing through injury on a sinking ship or playing through it for a ring are two drastically different things.

    I’ve had surgery for a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in my pitching shoulder. It is VERY painful. But I pitched through it (with poor results) for 6 months off and on. It will hinder his strength and range of motion but a large part of it is also pain tolerance. It’s easier to deal with pain if you’re winning.

  18. mball13 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    Bennett saw once Rodgers got hurt his season and chances at a title were going no where. He’s always been a me first player and highly doubt a team doctor is forcing someone to play.

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    “Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it”.

    So I guess you interpreted that as he said the doctor forced him to play?

  19. dcviking says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    Packers should file a grievance to re-coop signing bonus money…based on what he said, I can’t believe they’d lose.

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    GB cut him because he didn’t disclose the injury! The only grievance they can file is that Bennett didn’t tell them about the injury before they signed him. Nothing he said would cause a grievance to be filed.

  20. cheek2vegas says:

    November 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    bullcharger says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    jimnsota says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    Probably a broken collar bone.

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    Huh?
    ________________

    Yes the Purple fans feel a need to post on every story involving the Packers..the only way they are relevant is by one of the most exciting players in the league getting hurt and giving their franchise life….

    since when is martellus Bennett one of the most exciting players?

  21. It’s all lies just like when blunthead quit in Pitt after pats rb went down hogan goes down and bennett quits the packers you pats fans just love the FOREVER cheating pats organization while the rest of NFL fans have had it I say we all boycott pats games until the cheating ends that means until billicheat ,Marcia Brady , and the man behind spy gate McDaniels remember he was fired in Denver for taping teams a second time look it up its totally true three cheaters on the same team # ruining football

  22. Like I trust a word that comes out of this guys mouth. He is just like his brother and neither of them can tell the same story twice. They go by the old saying – Never let the truth get in the real good story. Doc M errs on the side of players not playing IMO> I am glad he is gone – just another TT mistake – tightwad should have paid Cook.

  23. vikesnyc says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    How is this allowed? I call BS on Bennett so he could get out of GB. If I was GB there would be some serious recouping of funds here.

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    How is what allowed? Green Bay cut him! It was their choice. They could have put him on IR for a few hundred thousand and had an option to cut him loose next year. Then 29 other teams could have stashed him on IR for a few hundred K. But they didn’t.

    Do you think if this was a good ex-Steeler player destined to come back to the Steelers that BB wouldn’t have signed him and stashed him on IR if he had a chance? Of course he would. It would be worth the money to prevent the Steelers from getting him and have a chance to sign him the next year or cut him with no cost. It’s a no brainer.

  24. Very sad to see an organization put a player’s health at risk, especially so when the season is lost. It’s this kind of mistreatment that will cause rodgers to use his opt-out clause after this season and go on the free agent market.

    I just hope the packers organization learns from this.

  25. Think the last sentence nailed it. Easier to play through pain with Tom Brady instead of Brett Hundley.

    But if his injury was as troubling as he’s trying to make it sound, he’d be getting that surgery from one of the 3 other doctors who told him how supposedly “f—ed up” it was. Can’t be pushed onto the field to play for a floundering Packers team, but running to New England and jumping straight on the field with no medical attention is no problem.

    I used to love how wacky and different the Bennett’s were, but these days they just seem completely full of it.

  26. commentawaitingdeletionsays:

    cboys4life2014 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    A Bennett brother playing victim? Hard to consider that news anymore
    ________________________________________________________

    Not unlike your team’s owner and RB.
    ________________

    Or unlike you Patriot fans 10 years after one cheating scandal and 2 years after another

  27. dmca12 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    So you don’t need surgery now that you’re in NE. Huh, a flight east fixes the shoulder? Bum

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    His shoulder isn’t fixed… he just wanted to go on IR so it didn’t get worse in GB given there was absolutely no point of playing through it.

  28. kenny2neworleans says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    People always reveal their true character if you just let them.

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    I wouldn’t say there was any question about who Bennett was before this. He’s a pretty outspoken guy.

  29. Yes the Purple fans feel a need to post on every story involving the Packers..the only way they are relevant is by one of the most exciting players in the league getting hurt and giving their franchise life….
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    Right.
    Have you ever checked all of the packer posters on Vikings stories?

    And if you haven’t noticed the Vikings are winning with a backup QB and a strong defense.

    Blame your GM and coach for putting all their eggs in one basket.
    Rodgers should hold out next year for the entire salary cap. He’s proven that he is the only one worthy on the entire packer roster.

  30. thegreatgabbert says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    It’s the Kaepernick effect. You can always find a doctor who will recommend unnecessary surgery in order to collect salary without actually having to work for it.

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    What salary exactly?

    He played pretty much the whole season and now the Patriots assumed his contract. GB doesn’t have to pay him anything.

  31. I wonder when the Packers will file a grievance against the Patriots … you know they were in cahoots with Bennett’s people before he was ever released by the Packers.

  32. vikingsperenialloosers says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    Bennett will end up on the Vikings next. They like signing questionable characters and cast offs from the Packers.
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    Your team makes a lousy signing and then gets played for suckers, and you trying to play it off like the Vikings are the fools here? Man, nobody is buying that.

  33. wib22 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    More shady stuff with the pats. Can’t make this stuff up!

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    Actually, you can, and you are. The Pats claimed him on waivers, which means 30 other teams had first crack at him. But that doesn’t fit your ongoing anti-Pats narrative. You’re like one of those ancient astronaut theorists who can’t believe the Egyptians could build the pyramids so the only explanation is aliens must have helped them.

  34. vikesnyc says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    How is this allowed? I call BS on Bennett so he could get out of GB. If I was GB there would be some serious recouping of funds here.
    ////////
    The second the Packers cut him the “recouping of funds” was off the table. What are they going to say? He wouldn’t play so we cut him? No. You suspend him without pay for refusing to play, then you go after the signing bonus.

  35. Packer players… quitting on McCarthy. As soon as Aaron went down their shoulders slumped and heads dropped. It’s funny.

  36. What is scary is that Bennett does not even recognize the hypocrisy of his actions. He wanted surgery becuase he could not play. Packers wanted him to play and that hurt his feelings. He goes to NE where he does not not want the surgery but wants to continue to play. The guy does not even recognize how messed up he is.

  37. It was ok to sign a multi-year contract knowing he had a hurt shoulder, but a problem when asked to play through a little discomfort. Oh, I understand now. Then blast the training who’s just doing his job!

  38. Well, it would have made a lot more sense for him to just keep his mouth shut and leave all this a bit of a mystery.
    Because if he plays a single snap without having surgery, nothing of what he says adds up or even resembles the truth.

    I was thrilled with the signing at the time, especially with the idea of getting last season’s Martellus Bennett.
    But, as other fans were quick to point out, there’s a significant reason he’s played with so many different organizations in such a short career.
    Buyer beware, indeed.

    I, for one, am very interested in seeing Troy Fumagalli in a Packer’s uniform next season.

  39. Im thrilled to have him back in NE (If we really do). But I am smh at the things he is saying. I get it Green Bays position warrants some questions too, but Im still smh to see a player go from done for the year to questionable to play this week all in one week just by going from the Packers to the Pats.

    When Rogers got hurt they must have hit him so hard they even hurt his TE. Even if he starts playing again and no matter how well Ill bet if Brady goes down that shoulder flares up again.

  40. audio2sell says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    So why would you play for Patriots then if you want surgery?
    Doesn’t add up.

    Sure it does. Why play through an injury when you pretty much have 0 shot of winning a ring? I had a torn cuff for over 2 years before I got mine fixed. He should be able to finish out the season, get it fixed later since now he has a chance to win

  41. In Teddy We Trust says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    It’s too bad Bennett and the Packers couldn’t make things work. They seem to be made for each other.
    /////////////////////////////

    Seem to be and were, are very different things. I’ll bet you guys miss Moss and his attitude and Peterson and his child-beating mentality. Peas in a pod with Viking fans.

  42. 13 2 Rate This
    wib22 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    More shady stuff with the pats. Can’t make this stuff up!

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    Actually claiming players off waivers is completely legal. Look it up.

  43. First the Dr. was “was pushing to play which I thought was weird” while at the same time he says (about the Dr.) “Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it”. Only in the world of the Bennett brothers does that make sense.

  44. Hey bennie between you and your brother kneeling, lying etc, why whould anyone Believe you over the packers. You remember your brother saying he was tackledby police and disrespected.

  45. So….If he decided to have surgery, which is why he wouldn’t practice for 2 weeks, then why in the world is he now practicing for the Patriots without surgery?

    Bennett is a dirty liar. Not surprising of someone in the Patriots organization actually.

    The Packers are well-known for keeping their players sidelined for longer than they actually need to be. Most knowledgeable Packers fans know about this and former Packers players are commenting about it too. They definitely do not go around rushing players out on the field when they need surgery. He’s simply lying. He probably saw the GOAT get injured and knew his chances at another Super Bowl were slim, so he gave up, stopped practicing, and declared he wanted to retire.

    What a slimeball.

  46. I thought the pack loved the Bennett signing back in March.

    Great Caesar’s Ghost says:
    March 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:19 PM
    good luck with the antics
    – pats fans
    ________
    He’s in Titletown now. Antics – from players and coaches and ballboys – aren’t a thing there. Bennett must want to win an asterisk-free ring.

    truthbetold109 says:
    July 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    Best tight end in the division and a fun personality on top of it. As if you needed more reasons to love the Pack!

  47. wib22 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    Another malcontent on the pats. Should work out great!

    ————————
    Worked out pretty well last season.

  48. He’s dishonest but we all know why. He’s finishing up his career. He came to the Packers because he saw a realistic chance at back to back superbowls and then with Rodgers out, he decided that its not worth it. He doesnt need the money and he doesnt need the risk to his health without the potential success that he was hoping for. So he lied and did whatever he had to do to be released so he could get back to the Patriots. He may have no integrity but its not a mystery – and if you cant see his side, then you’re not looking.

  49. Seem to be and were, are very different things. I’ll bet you guys miss Moss and his attitude and Peterson and his child-beating mentality. Peas in a pod with Viking fans.

    I doubt it considering Peterson just carried the ball 20+ times for less than 30 yards and Moss is like 40 now. The Vikings know when to sign players and when to cut them loose. Unlike Ted, who is always a day late and constantly swinging and missing. This is other the other teams laugh at us.

  50. Mike McCarthy is not a leader of men. Watch Belichick get the most out of Marty this season. Belichick is a leader of men no doubt.

  51. aarons444 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    TT mistake – tightwad should have paid Cook.
    =====

    Lance Kendricks has as many touchdowns as Bennett and Cook combined this season.

    Yes but Cook makes plays up and down the field just like last year – maybe watch a game rather than just reading a stats line. Besides could have had Kendricks and Kook – that would have been better than MR. dropped balls and complaining ( Bennett).

  52. arealisticpackerfan says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    No QB, still no defense, no elite talent, no coaching, no GM and now a schism in the locker room. This is going to get messy before it’s over.

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    I guess you could call me “a realistic vikings fan”. I agree with the realistic packer fan that the Packers have a tough year ahead of them. Unfortunately, I also know that my beloved Vikings will invariable crumble despite finally having a chance to win now that Rodgers is sidelined. And that annoying franchise to the east will be back with all those terrible players next year and whip us as usual, win the division, and likely compete for another world championship. Skol.

  53. conormacleod says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    Your team makes a lousy signing and then gets played for suckers, and you trying to play it off like the Vikings are the fools here? Man, nobody is buying that.

    ———————-

    Greg Jennings, Bernard Berrian, Fred Smoot, Madieu Williams, Josh Freeman, Koren Robinson,
    all say hi.

    Difference is – no FA signing of GB has ever cost them the SB. No FA signing of MN has ever won them a SB. Heck, only Favre was the one that even won them a playoff game.

  54. Let’s be honest here. Who really gives a hoot on bennett. The point is that mm, tt, big mike, & the “owners” got hoodwinked.
    Suffice to say, it’s a horrible franchise.

  55. If Bennett had been claimed by anyone but the Pats, this thread would have maybe half a dozen posts.

    The Pats are not just the Greatest NFL dynasty of all-time, they are the gift that keeps on giving to many in this millennium.

  56. Needs surgery if he plays for Green Bay, doesn’t need surgery playing for the Patriots. Then he has a bunch of trash to talk? I am calling BS on that one. Nice try though, Marty.

  57. Both Bennett Brothers are grade A “Sociopaths” if you don’t know what one is use google.

    But, the Packers Front Office & Coaching staff are all clueless & for that I don’t blame him for lying through his teeth to get outta green bay in 2 weeks.

    Man I hope changes are made at 1265, Rodgers doesn’t have much time left.

  58. In Teddy We Trust says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    It’s too bad Bennett and the Packers couldn’t make things work. They seem to be made for each other.

    ————

    When you’ve never won anything, it’s tough to show class after even a modicum of success.

  59. rdforty2 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    I’m not sure what’s so hard to understand.

    Wouldn’t you play through an injury for a chance at a ring?

    Playing through injury on a sinking ship or playing through it for a ring are two drastically different things.

    I’ve had surgery for a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in my pitching shoulder. It is VERY painful. But I pitched through it (with poor results) for 6 months off and on. It will hinder his strength and range of motion but a large part of it is also pain tolerance. It’s easier to deal with pain if you’re winning.-
    ————————————————————–
    This statement is so emblematic of society today. Selfish, self entered and self everything. Please tell us more about your pitching shoulder we can’t wait to hear more about you. I would guess there is no clause in the contract that the Packers offered and that Bennett signed, accepting $21 million dollars to play football, saying hey listen if things aren’t going well for the team it’s cool if you want to shut it down mid-season to rehab some stuff for next year, your call. Give me a break. Signed not even a Packers fan.

  60. As a Vikings fan, I despise everything directly east of the Mississippi. But even I can admit, as someone involved in Sports Medicine, Patrick McKenzie is highly respected in the Sports Med community. His ACL rehab protocol is second to none. I call BS that he would go against the science in this case, especially considering the source of this claim, ol’ honest Marty.

  61. Both parties (Bennett/Packers) are scum…..couldn’t care less what happens. Yet here I am commenting, right?

  62. Omg this dude and his brother are the ultimate turds. Do they even think about what they say hefire they say it. He pretty much tried to cook up a story saying the pack forced him to play against 3 independent doctors orders and he didn’t like that so they cut him. Now he is with the pats passing the physical practicing like there is no problems. He wanted the pack to ir him and just pay him so the lazy alone could take his money and run. Nope, he got cut and now he has to go out and earn it again but he stays in a premium situation. I couldn’t play alongside a selfish turd like Bennett. What a loser.

  63. Yes but Cook makes plays up and down the field just like last year – maybe watch a game rather than just reading a stats line. Besides could have had Kendricks and Kook – that would have been better than MR. dropped balls and complaining ( Bennett).
    =====

    Where was Cook last year?

    30 receptions, 377 yards, 1 td.

    You’re bragging about THAT????? You’re pining over that LOSS??

    Bennett nearly duplicated that in 7 games. You do realize that right?

  64. audio2sell says:
    November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    So why would you play for Patriots then if you want surgery?
    Doesn’t add up.
    ————————————————————————————————
    It makes MORE sense than everyone on this board saying “But he said he wanted surgery, and that means he did NOT want to play”…HOW could that be true??”

    How many readers here, if YOU were paid to ADVISE him, knowing the shoulder’s damaged, BUT (if its worth it to him THIS year) he could try to “push through” it…would NOT advise what I would:

    Re Green Bay: “YES you “can” try to play out the year. Sure it might damage you further, but maybe the Pack can win a few more games.”

    Re Pats.. “YES you “can” try to play out the year. Sure it might damage you further, but if you want to try go win another super bowl I wont tell you not to; might never have a chance again. But Ive got to advise you, that you might really hurt your chance to play future years..if you care.”

    That makes PERFECT sense. All this blather is the result of a primitive tribal culture that believes it HAS to take “a side” vs their perceived “enemies” – to the point we no longer hear or THINK – except “WHICH SIDE” is an enemy.

    And its killing us; in everything…we’ve lost our ability to THINK

  65. Good riddance. I was getting sick of his dropped passes and lack of effort. Always thought Ted Thompson was an idiot for letting Cook go and signing this clown.

  66. Well, with the players carefully tiptoeing around the Bennett situation directly, I was pleased to see several of them going to bat for Dr. McKenzie today.
    If you want to be a quitter or a malcontent, fine, but don’t drag another professional’s reputation through the mud to justify your actions.

  67. Is this another bunch of lies? He’s got shoulder problems and Greenbay wanted him to play through.
    All of a sudden he goes to the Patriots??? Someone is lying here, and he psssed a physical😎😎

  68. Hmmm. Bennett releases a statement that he has a debilitating injury that requires surgery but the Packers were pushing him to play through it against advice of other physicians.

    The Packers release Bennett.

    In less than 24 hours, he has passed a physical and signed with the Patriots. A team with a long history for lapses in integrity.

    Looks like we need Robert Mueller – Either Bennett’s injury was an illusion or perhaps we have more collusion.

  69. Bennett lead all Packers, in dropped passes with 7, the next closest is only 2 or 3. Bennett didn’t want to play and that’s fine, just refund the Packers your pro rated signing bonus on your out the door. He didn’t do that so you can bank on the Packers going after that money, that’s another 4 million or so they will add back to the cap.

  70. Brian Flood says:

    It was ok to sign a multi-year contract knowing he had a hurt shoulder, but a problem when asked to play through a little discomfort. Oh, I understand now. Then blast the training who’s just doing his job!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    First of all – the Packer knew or should have known the status of MB’s shoulder.

    The Packers signed him to a 3 year deal. Understanding that, it makes sense for both the Packers and MB that with the team now in the tank mode for the rest of the season, to have MB have his surgery now so he can start the recovery process right away and be 100% come training camp.

    But the Packers didn’t want to use common sense.

    Which is pretty normal for them.

    So they cut him.

  71. I find it very disturbing that teams want players to make every sacrifice needed to win, but several teams have decided that they would rather lose games than sign an NFC Championship winning QB who is available. Some teams have quit on their players. As long as teams don’t care about winning, why should players play injured?

  72. johngaltwho says:
    November 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm
    Hmmm. Bennett releases a statement that he has a debilitating injury that requires surgery but the Packers were pushing him to play through it against advice of other physicians.

    The Packers release Bennett.

    In less than 24 hours, he has passed a physical and signed with the Patriots. A team with a long history for lapses in integrity.

    Looks like we need Robert Mueller – Either Bennett’s injury was an illusion or perhaps we have more collusion.

    —————-

    Yeah because BB somehow forced all of the other teams to bypass picking up Bennett on waivers….

    You people should give up your conspiracy theories with the Pats and expect more from your teams. It’s not BB’s fault that your organization can’t seem to get it together

  73. Twitter is blowing up with current and former Packer players and coaches defending Dr. Patrick McKenzie. Bennett is exposing himself to the nation as the tool he is.

  74. Bennett is too dumb to realize how easy this situation is to decipher: if he has shoulder surgery and doesn’t play for New England this year—he’s telling the truth. If he plays for New England and gets surgery in offseason—he’s lying. It’s amazing to me that he’s coming out with this statement right now. Clearly wasn’t crafted by his agent. What a dunce.

  75. I dont understand why the Patriots would make a waiver claim. They are the last team. If the player gets to them(#31), no one else wanted them.

    The pats could have just let him get to free agency and sign him on the cheap.

  76. If he can play for the Patriots then obviously the injury isn’t severe enough for him to not play through; meaning he could have played for the Packers, meaning there is absolutely nothing wrong with McKenzie telling him to suck it up and play, assuming he actually said it. Throw on top of that the fact that the Packers have always been overly cautious with injuries, and I’m calling bs on his entire story.

  77. The problem isnt that Bennett is willing to play for the Patriots while he wasnt willing to play for Green Bay, the problem is that he is willing to throw the Packers team doctor under the bus to deflect criticism from himself. The sooner the Bennetts leave the NFL, the better off the league will be.

  78. Would you sign a player who says he has an injured shoulder and has just hinted at retiring at the end of the season? Marty knew what he was doing.

  79. Guy wanted off a sinking ship and used surgery as a way to get out. Amazing that the surgery talk has gone away once he arrived in NE.

    Bennett is the definition of a selfish teammate.

  80. Boy the apples do not fall far from the tree, with the Bennett brothers….both lying SJW’s…smh


  81. nflfollower says:
    November 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    Bennett is too dumb to realize how easy this situation is to decipher: if he has shoulder surgery and doesn’t play for New England this year—he’s telling the truth. If he plays for New England and gets surgery in offseason—he’s lying…
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    Actually if he gets through the year and, one assumes, the playoffs with New England, and then gets shoulder surgery in the off-season, he is not lying.

    To him his choice was continuing to play with an injury that requires surgery for a team that is going nowhere this season, the Packers, or have season ending surgery. Maybe if the Packers had a chance at the playoffs this season he would not have requested surgery, if that is what happened, but they have no chance.

    He is released and a team that is in the playoff hunt at this time, the Patriots, picks him up. He has had success with the Pats in the past, and he is willing to try to play with this shoulder problem for a team in the playoff hunt, and wait until the off-season for surgery.

    No question his ethics are questionable, but it seems more likely that the Packers management is lying (e.g. the shoulder injury was not disclosed), than Bennett is lying.

  82. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and former Packer John Kuhn have said exact opposite of Bennett’s comments vaia their social media accounts. I’ll take their word over a loudmouth TE who had more success shooting his mouth off vs catching passes.

  83. I’m embarrassed that the Patriots brought him back. A complete lack of ethics on his part and the Patriots’ part. Sickening.

  84. Its pretty obvious what went on here.

    He wanted out. He got it. Instead of being grateful, he’s acting like a cornhole he is.

    If he keeps saying derogatory things, I hope the Packers take him for all he’s worth.

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