Although his production was not superb in the early going, Bennett appeared to be finding a foothold in the Packers' offense and developing some chemistry on the fly with Aaron Rodgers, who targeted him 28 times in the first four games.
Everything in Green Bay changed when Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone on Oct. 15 against the Minnesota Vikings. And it was just before that, Bennett claimed in a slew of Instagram posts on Friday, that his pain started getting worse. The shoulder was being treated by anti-inflammatory medication, Bennett wrote, but it wasn't getting better by the time the bye week hit.
So Bennett opted for surgery, he said. This was right around the same time he openly pondered whether this was his final season in the NFL.
But the bigger haymaker Bennett threw in his Insta-rant was that the Packers' team doctor, Patrick McKenzie, was to try to "persuade" Bennett to "play through a major injury" and "cover his own ass" in the process. Bennett went on to write: "Dr. McKenzie didn't make [sic] feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird."
Bennett's social-media recollection of it is a bit disjointed and hard to follow. He immediately seems to undercut all of this, saying, "Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it but the way he was saying things."