COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While Martellus Bennett’s departure from Green Bay and subsequent transition to the Patriots raised plenty of eyebrows, the NFL has no plans of investigating for foul play.
During a conference call yesterday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart was asked whether the league 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 Bennett from playing in the Patriots’ 41-16 rout of the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.
“It wasn’t where I was, it was just about the injury,” Bennett said following the Pats’ 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 (it) 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 (play) ball.’ ”
Bennett, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last season, caught three passes for 38 yards in the victory.