Martellus Bennett may play through torn rotator cuff

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates after making a pass reception during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday Oct. 22 2017 in Green Bay Wis
Martellus Bennett claimed by New England Patriots on waivers

11 November, 2017

After getting cut by the Packers on Wednesday for "failure to disclose a medical condition" and signing with the Patriots on Thursday, Martellus Bennett gave his side of the story about how his time in Green Bay ended in a long, expletive-filled rant on Instagram.

Although Green Bay has not revealed more information, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Bennett has a torn rotator cuff.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason, securing a three-year, $21 million contract that included a $6.3 million signing bonus.

McCarthy added that he never spoke with Bennett about retirement. Bennett appears ready to tough it out and play for the Patriots.

It's not like the injury report really matters with the New England Patriots.

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After his starting quarterback was injured, Bennett tweeted during the Packers bye week that 2017 would be his final season.

He didn't play in the Packers' 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game.

With Green Bay, he hauled in 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns.

McCarthy said he did not talk to Bennett about retiring, and he wouldn't speculate on whether there was any connection between Bennett's Instagram post, the injury and the team's sagging fortunes without Aaron Rodgers. He was claimed by the Patriots the next day. So I got 3 other opinions from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. He did that and he went to a number of them. After that, then you have the termination and then the claim. That's not for me to comment on. "I think this all started obviously coming out of the bye week".

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