Bennett fires back at Pack

Claims team doctor pressured him to play hurt

Mike Clemens
November 10, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


Green Bay, WI - The Martellus Bennett saga just got crazier. 

After participating in the New England Patriots practice Friday, Bennett went to Instagram to post a message, claiming the Green Bay Packers team doctor, Pat McKenzie, pressured him to play "with a major injury." 

Bennett has apparently been playing with a torn rotator cuff, and torn labrum, but was listed by the Packers following their bye week as a "shoulder injury."

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team was in talks with Bennett to have surgery for the injury. 

On Wednesday, the Packers released Bennett, regarded as their top free agent acquisition this year, claiming the 30-year-old tight end failed to notify them of the injury. 

Bennett shot back on Instagram, saying the Packers were aware of the injury when he first submitted for a physical in March, pending his signature on a three year contract worth $21 million. Bennett said he did further damage to the shoulder during the Packers game in Dallas against the Cowboys in October. 

McCarthy said Friday he is standing by the team's account and time line of this story, and would have no further comment. READ MORE