While Martellus Bennett’s departure from Green Bay and subsequent transition to the Patriots has raised plenty of eyebrows, the league has no plans of investigating for foul play.
During a conference call today, league spokesman Joe Lockhart was asked specifically if the league had any issue with the Bennett case, and if it was going to look into the matter, and he emphatically replied: “No!”
The Packers released Bennett last week under a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation. One day later, the Patriots claimed him off waivers.
Bennett claimed his departure from Green Bay followed a disagreement between him and Packers team doctor Patrick McKenzie. Bennett alleged that McKenzie pushed him to play through a shoulder injury, reportedly a torn rotator cuff.
That injury, however, did not prevent him from playing against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
“It wasn’t where I was, it was just about the injury,” Bennett said following the Patriots’ 41-16 victory. “It was like one of those things, I talked to six or seven doctors about it and it could go either way. It was like one of those things I felt I should get fixed. And then after trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you just get that vengeance in your heart. It’s just like, ‘All right, that’s how you’re going to do it, then (expletive) it. Let’s go ball.’ ”
Bennett, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last season, caught three passes for 27 yards.