Last night tight end Martellus Bennett made his return to the Patriots, as he suited up for the teams 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos. He finished the game with 3 receptions for 38 yards.
All of this, after Bennett was released by the Green Bay Packers for “failure to disclose an injury.” Bennett spurned the Pats to sign with Green Bay this offseason.
Shortly after Aaron Rodgers went down for the Packers, it was announced that Bennett would be undergoing season-ending surgery on a torn rotator cuff. But following his release, Bennett went on an Instagram rant with claims that the team doctors wanted him to play through that injury:
Martellus Bennett’s story on his Instagram about why the Packers got rid of him pic.twitter.com/YOwlo0pvOz
— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) November 10, 2017
Since Bennett spoke out, multiple Packers players have gone out of their way to defend the teams medical staff. Jordy Nelson had this to say:
— Jordy Nelson (@JordyRNelson) November 10, 2017
There is plenty of speculation to be had with this entire situation. Bennett could very well have a painful shoulder injury, but did he even want to be in Green Bay? With Aaron Rodgers out, the team has gotten practically zero offense with Brett Hundley at the helm. Bennett was probably comfortable with ending his season because he didn’t have a competent quarterback, until now of course.
His level of commitment with Green Bay can certainly be in question, as he played perfectly fine in his season debut with the Pats. Following the game, he made it seem like the decision to return to New England wasn’t an easy one:
Martellus Bennett on Packers cutting him and decision to play for Pats: “After trying to get (shoulder) fixed and getting waived, you get that vengeance in your heart and you say ‘fuck it, let’s go ball.'”
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) November 13, 2017
Was this “fuck it, lets go ball” mentality really what he was experiencing, or was this all a long con to leave the Packers? It really feels like the latter, but I could care less. If I was a Packers fan I’d definitely be pissed about this, but I’m not.
If you ever thought a team/front office/coach gave a shit about a player’s character, see the Patriots letting the fraud @MartysaurusRex suit up and play tonight. Quit and lied in Green Bay days ago, now signed and playing in New England.
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) November 13, 2017
Stay salty Tom Crabtree.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)