Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett supposedly told teams not to claim him

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett supposedly told teams not to claim him

In a game that probably had Bill Belichick beaming afterwards for his team's play in all three phases, it was the Patriots' special teams that ended up being the deciding factor in Denver with a handful off game-altering plays in the first half.

"Bill was like, 'Can you practice?' I'm like, 'Bill, I just want to sleep right now.' He was like, 'No, it's a Friday, just go and get some snaps.'" Bennett said. After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.

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.

"At first I told my agent to tell them not to claim me because I was still trying to get the surgery, so when Bill called and said they claimed me, I was like, 'No (expletive) way, '" Bennett said.

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Martellus Bennett followed up his ugly departure from the Packers with a surprisingly swift return to the Patriots lineup after being claimed off waivers last week. "It's one of those things". We had a quick conversation, and I was like, 'Let me think about this, and I'll call you back. "I talked to six or seven doctors about [my shoulder] and it could go either way". He felt for a time that he should end his season and undergo surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff, but now that he's back with the Patriots he's excited to put his shoulder fix on hold and play the season out. "With all the familiar faces and friends, it's been good to have those guys around". It was some surprise that Bennett was active for the game, especially considering all the debate over the extent of his injury that the Green Bay Packers claim was part of the reason for his release. Not that he was trying to get me play thru it but the way he was saying things.

"I got criticism from all of my former organizations", Bennett said, via the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels. 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. "I may wear different jerseys, but I'm still the same man with my family, so that's all that really matters".

"When I got here, I landed at 2:30, got to the hotel, had to be back at the facility at 5:45", Bennett said. "Then he was like, 'What's going on?' And I told him. So I'm like, 'Alright, I'll go out there.' Next think I know, I'm on a plane five hours to Denver".

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