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Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson defend Packers doctor that Martellus Bennett ripped

November 14th, 2017

 

Story by Alysha Tsuji, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports’ For the Win. 

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback Aaron Rodgers took to social media to stand up for Dr. Patrick McKenzie, Green Bay’s team physician that former Packer Martellus Bennett slammed in a lengthy message on Instagram on Friday.

Bennett said that McKenzie pushed him to play through his injury even though it kept getting worse. He’s now with the Patriots and has a torn rotator cuff.

“After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery,” Bennett wrote. “Now here we are. They tried to (expletive) over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own (expletive). After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.

“They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn’t where it is now at the beginning of the season. I (expletive) it up playing for the @packers.”

While Nelson didn’t call out Bennett by name, he was definitely responding to the tight end’s claims. The 32-year-old wide receiver wrote that “Dr. McKenzie is very cautious about putting players on the field with an injury and always puts the player’s health before the team.”

Rodgers echoed Nelson’s message and called McKenzie “a phenomenal doctor”:

I’ve been working with Dr. McKenzie for 13 years, and as well as being a phenomenal doctor, he’s also become a close friend. He’s done surgery on me twice, and I trust him and his opinion implicitly. Doc has always tried to protect me and my future, even if it meant protecting me from myself and my desire to get back on the field before I should. #gbpfamily #mydoc #ibackpat

 

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