Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers made the surprising decision to waive Martellus Bennett, but as the story developed, their reason for cutting the tight end became clear, and now a lot of people understand why the team did it.
The NFC North team decided to waive the tight end which they signed to a three-year, $21 million contract back in March because he failed to disclose a medical condition. The injury turned out to be a torn rotator cuff.
On his Instagram account, Bennett vented about the Packers medical team, slamming them for the way he treated him, as he said the team's doctor, Dr. Patrick McKenzie, pushed him to play through his injury even though it kept getting worse.
According to USA Today, the now New England Patriots tight end said: “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 (expletive). 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.”
This statement has ruffled a couple of feathers at the Packers, as several players at the franchise, including the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, have come out in defense of McKenzie.
Green Bay's quarterback said in his statement about the team's doctor: "I’ve been working with Dr. McKenzie for 13 years, and as well as being a phenomenal doctor, he’s also become a close friend. He’s done surgery on me twice, and I trust him and his opinion implicitly. Doc has always tried to protect me and my future, even if it meant protecting me from myself and my desire to get back on the field before I should. #gbpfamily #mydoc #ibackpat"
Packers head coach, on the other hand, revealed the last conversation he had with their former tight end during his press conference in preparation for the team's game against the Chicago Bears this weekend.
He said, according to USA Today: “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.
“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.”
After being waived, Bennett was claimed off the wire by the Patriots, where he is listed as questionable for the team's game against the Denver Broncos this weekend. This issue between the Packers and Bennett still isn't over, as the team could look to reclaim part of all of his salary from his time with the team due to failing to disclose a medical issue.
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