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Martellus Bennett rips Packers, medical staff: ‘They tried to (expletive) me’

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Well, at least we now know where Martellus Bennett stands when it comes to his thoughts on the Packers.

The tight end, who was cut loose Wednesday by Green Bay with what the team classified as a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation because of a shoulder issue, posted the following statement to his Instagram account Friday afternoon:

“The (Packers) examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an x-ray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the (C)owboys so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are … They tried to (expletive) over me. Dr. (Patrick) McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery. They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn’t where it is now at the beginning of the season. I (expletive) it up playing for the (Packers).

“Dr. McKenzie didn’t make me feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me to play (through) it but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got 3 other options from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some (expletive) excuse. Failure (to) disclose.

"Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight (room) and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing but it got worse. During the bye week I got off anti inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it first day back in. And that’s when we found out it was really (expletive) up.

"They knew.

"They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go in IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to (expletive) me before I thought I would (expletive) them. This was all about the money. All about the money. I get it. But don't lie homie. You knew wtf was up. C.R.E.A.M.

"I had intentions of playing all 8 games as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out. Now I'm like (expletive) it."

Bennett was at practice with the Patriots on Friday after passing his physical in New England. It remains unclear how soon he will be ready to play.

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