Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Martellus Bennett is active for the Patriots for Sunday Night Football

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Spencer Simpson | 14 November, 2017, 00:47

Bennett, who was claimed off of waivers by the Patriots on November 9 following a controversial exit from Green Bay, was delighted to be back with the team he won a Super Bowl with earlier in 2017. Bennett also said a text from Tom Brady was instrumental in his decision to report to the Patriots and play through the pain, as Bennett has a lot of close friends in the locker room that he wanted to be around again.

"It wasn't 'Could you play? It was one of those things I felt like I should get fixed", Bennett said in the Patriots locker room. "Right now I'm just like, 'F-k it, '" when talking about what went through his mind when things shifted from him potentially missing the season to electing to play.

Bennett apparently told his agent to notify teams that he didn't want to be claimed because surgery was on its way.

"[Martellus] obviously had been in the system for a year", Bill Belichick said after the game Sunday.

"I think this group of guys and this team, it couldn't be a better [situation] with what I am going through", he said. I'm probably on step three. You're like, 'All right, that's how you're going to do it?

Martellus Bennett walks off the field after the Patriots' 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos. "So when Bill called and said they claimed me, I was like, 'No [expletive] way'".

The Patriots were gifted a damaged-goods Bennett after the Packers cut ties with the tight end last week, saying he failed to disclose a medical condition, according to ESPN. Bennett says the Packers knew his shoulder was hurt. And then after trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you get that vengeance in your heart. "(Expletive) it, let's go ball'". Last week, he said three of those doctors advised him to get the procedure, which he ultimately informed the Packers that he meant to do.

Dr. McKenzie didn't make feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. And they chose to waive me with some [expletive] excuse. I may wear different jerseys but I'm still the same man with my family. Last season, he was part of the squad that won Super Bowl 51.

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