Martellus Bennett returned to the Patriots and was back on the practice field Friday then blasted the Green Bay Packers and their team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, on Instagram.
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Bennett, released by the Packers with a "failure to disclose an injury" designation, reportedly has a torn rotator cuff. He said in an Instagram story that the Packers were trying to force him to "play thru a major injury."
Here is a transcript of what Bennett wrote, with the expletives edited:
"The Packers examined my shoulder 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 f--- over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own a--. 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 what it is now at the beginning of the season. I f---ed it 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 getting me to try and play thru 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 bull---t 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 f---ed 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 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.”