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Former Packers tight end Martellus Bennett – now with the Patriots – unleashed an attack against Green Bay in an Instagram story Friday afternoon for its handling of an injured shoulder.
The story featured multiple images, transcribed below, and called out Packers team physician, Dr. Patrick McKenzie, by name.
“This (expletive) crazy bruhhhh… Wow.
“The packers examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an xray 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 (expletive) over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play thru 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 (expletive) it up playing for the @packers
“Dr. McKenzie didn’t make feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. 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 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 (expletive) excuse. Failure disclose.
“Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight 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 (expletive) up.
“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 (expletive) me before they thought I would (expletive) them. This was all about money.
“All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up.”
“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 (expletive) it.
“I chose my health over the “team”. They chose money over me.”
NFL Network and ESPN both reported that Bennett has been playing with a torn rotator cuff. On Wednesday, the Packers released Bennett with a failure to disclose a medical condition designation.
The Patriots, for whom Bennett played last season, claimed him on waivers on Thursday. Boston media reported that Bennett was at practice Friday. He had limited participation and is questionable for Sunday.
“I’m not going to get into the Patriots claiming Marty – I’ll just reiterate what I said yesterday: I just know what the facts are and how the timeline came about,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during a Friday morning press conference.
“I talked to him Tuesday after practice, and he had a shoulder concern injury. I advised him to get the second opinions. He did that, and he went to a number of them. The last medical conversation I was involved with in regards to Marty, they were talking about scheduling surgery.
“After that, then you have the termination and then the claim. I really don’t have any comments on that. I’ve answered the question for the last time, respectfully.”
Bennett was a key figure in the Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning season in 2016, as he ranked second on the team in receiving yards (701) and first in touchdown catches (seven).
He has 24 catches for 233 yards so far this season.
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