It’s the Packers flip to opine on Martellus Bennett’s public rollercoaster via damage, retirement needs, a Packers launch and, finally, a Patriots reunion.
Seeing Bennett again on the sector Sunday with the Patriots, the workforce he gained a Tremendous Bowl with final season, has made individuals marvel how a lot fact there was to the tight finish’s shoulder damage story. Two days after Inexperienced Bay launched Bennett over failure to reveal his medical situation, Bennett laid the blame on Packers workforce physician Patrick McKenzie for pushing him to play by means of it.
A handful of Packers gamers who commented on the state of affairs Thursday painted a special image of Bennett’s downfall. Whether or not they stated it outright or alluded to it, they noticed the Professional Bowl tight finish as somebody who gave up on the group as soon as quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a damaged collarbone final month.
“On the finish of the day it’s a must to consider it as a enterprise. Me, personally? I assumed he give up on us,” Packers security Ha Ha Clinton-Dix advised the Wisconsin State Journal. “I don’t fault him, however I did assume he give up on us. He allow us to down — as a teammate. For a man that got here in, of his caliber, his management quote-unquote, I anticipated extra from him. I held him to a better commonplace, me personally. However he dealt with it the best way he needed to deal with it.”
From Bennett’s perspective, he was about prepared to maneuver on from soccer solely — get the surgical procedure he wanted, then perhaps take up a desk job — when Invoice Belichick referred to as. The dialog together with his previous coach, adopted by a second of reflection, satisfied him to forego surgical procedure and dive proper again into the season with the Patriots.
“It was a type of issues I felt I ought to get fastened after which after deciding to get it fastened and getting waived, you’ve obtained that vengeance in your coronary heart and also you’re identical to ‘All proper, are you going to do it?’ OK, let’s go ball,” Bennett stated earlier this week, after catching three passes for 38 yards within the Patriots’ forty one-sixteen win over the Broncos.
The 30-yr-previous had beforehand lashed out at McKenzie in an Instagram submit for not making him really feel “protected” with the best way he dealt with the damage. Bennett, in the identical breath, accused McKenzie and the Packers of masking up their mistake with the rationale they used for his launch, which Bennett referred to as a “bulls–t excuse.”
As a lot because the Packers is perhaps bitter over the way it ended with Bennett — who signed a 3-yr, $21 million cope with the…