NFL won’t in­ves­ti­gate Ben­nett trans­ac­tion

Boston Herald - - NHL / NBA SCOREBOARD / RACING - By KAREN GURE­GIAN

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’ 4116 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.

STAFF PHOTO BY NANCY LANE

IN THE CLEAR: Martel­lus Ben­nett cel­e­brates Sun­day night in Den­ver.

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