Martellus Bennett: Choosing Surgery on Shoulder Injury Led to Packers Release

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2017

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Martellus Bennett #80 of the Green Bay Packers lines up for a play in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said Friday he was medically cleared by the Green Bay Packers before signing with the team in March and stated the organization only elected to let him go after he decided to undergo surgery on a shoulder injury.

He hasn't had surgery at this time, however, and his plan for recovery is unclear.

Bennett, who was waived by the Packers this week for failing to disclose a medical condition and then got claimed by the Pats, posted his side of the story on Instagram, per Kaitlin Sharkey‏ of WITI:

Bart Winkler‏ of WSSP and Kelly Price of WGBA passed along more comments from the tight end (language NSFW):

Jordy Nelson posted a statement on Twitter following the comments:

Aaron Rodgers also came out in support of the team's medical staff on Instagram:

Ian Rapoport‏ of the NFL Network reported Bennett is dealing with a torn rotator cuff and may try to play through the injury following the change of teams, though the Patriots could still opt to place him on injured reserve if he's unable to remain active.

Rapoport previously explained the nuance involved in the Packers' choice to waive the playmaker:

Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe noted Bennett was present during New England's practice Friday, lending credence to the idea he'll attempt to play.

The San Diego native failed to make an impact with the Packers. He made 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns across seven appearances.  

Now he'll rejoin Tom Brady and the well-oiled Patriots offensive machine after making 55 grabs for 701 yards and seven scores during the 2016 campaign. It's unknown how effective he can be while working through a serious shoulder injury, though.

New England's next game comes Sunday night when they travel to face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Bennett's availability for that contest remains up in the air.