The Green Bay Packers released tight end Martellus Bennett with a “failure to disclose” injury designation. Bennett denied the claims and the New England Patriots subsequently claimed him off waivers. Bennett passed his physical with the Patriots and joined their practice on Friday.
Bennett also went to Instgram to absolutely shred the Packers’ handling of his injury, specifically calling out Packers team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.
"The Packers examined my shoulder March 10 and cleared it,” Bennett wrote on an Instagram story on Friday. “They even gave me an x-ray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the Cowboys so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are. They tried to f— over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play [through] a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.
“They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn't where it is now at the beginning of the season. I f—d it up playing for the [Packers]. Dr. McKenzie didn’t make [me] feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me to play [through] it, but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got 3 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— excuse. Failure disclose.
“Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight [room] and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing but it got worse. During the bye week I got off anti inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it first day back in. And that’s when we found out it was really f—d up. They knew.
“They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go on IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to f— me before they thought I would f— them. This was all about money. All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up. C.R.E.A.M. [cash rules everything around me].
“I had intentions of playing all 8 games as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out. Now I’m like f— it. I chose my health over the ‘team’. They chose money over me.”
That’s a big story from Bennett. Hopefully his shoulder is in a good place now or that he’s at least on the same page with the Patriots training staff. It would seem that he’s changed his mind on whether or not to receive season-ending surgery, which is his prerogative.