After defeating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the New England Patriots suffered another injury blow, as Martellus Bennett was placed on injured reserve. He'll now get a chance to have shoulder surgery, which was at the center of the unresolved conflict between player and team in Green Bay. The strong season by Bennett resulted in him being a coveted tight end in free agency, and it was the Packers who gave him a three-year deal worth over $20 million.
Bennett's injuries look to be too much to recover from this season, so he will go on IR. The 10th-year tight end excelled with the Patriots in 2016, playing a key role in the Patriots fifth Super Bowl winning season.
Bennett took to Instagram to lash back at the Packers after he was waived, claiming the team was trying to save money while also accusing Dr.
However, such a move hardly comes as a tremendous surprise as Bennett was originally claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers while nursing a lingering shoulder injury. He recorded 6 catches for 53 yards on 24 snaps this season with the Patriots.
The likable Allen caught his first pass from quarterback Tom Brady - an 11-yard touchdown - in Bennett's first game back in New England. Despite dealing with some injuries, he was able to replace Rob Gronkowski as well as anyone could have hoped.More news: LeBron James on David Fizdale firing: 'I need some answers'
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The Patriots have plenty of depth at tight end.
If Bennett was actually serious about retirement, it's possible he's played his last game in the NFL.
In his first interview after joining the Patriots, Bennett said: "It was like one of those things, I talked to six or seven doctors about it and it could go either way".
Bennett had been a limited participant in practice on November 22, but then didn't practice the next two days and was inactive for Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins.