THE MARTELLUS BENNETT SAGA
"The Packers examined my shoulder on my visit March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an x-ray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the Cowboys [on Nov. 8], so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are… They tried to f*ck over me. Dr. [Patrick] McKenzie trying to cover his own ass. 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 f*cked it up playing for the Packers. Dr. McKenzie didn't make [me] feel safe and was pushing [me] to play, which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me play thru it but the way he was saying things. I didn't trust him. So I got three other opinions from doctors, who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some bullsh*t excuse. Failure disclose."
-- Former Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett made this lengthy statement via his Instagram story following his release from the Green Bay Packers. The Packers released Bennett on November 8, citing a failure to disclose injury. Specifically, Bennett failed to report a torn rotator cuff. This kind of injury would sideline the tight end for the rest of the season and require surgery. (Boston.com)
"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."
-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, currently sidelined with a broken collarbone, was one of several Green Bay players who came to Dr. McKenzie's defense following Bennett's statement. (Aaron Rodgers, Instagram)
"If you ever thought a team/front office/coach gave a sh*t about a player's character, see the Patriots letting the fraud [Martellus Bennett] suit up and play tonight. Quit and lied in Green Bay days ago, now signed and playing in New England."
-- Former Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree tweeted this before the New England Patriots' Sunday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos. Bennett not only dressed for the game, he made an immediate impact by catching three passes for 38 yards. (Tom Crabtree, Twitter)
"I don't know you and you don't know me, but don't be comin for my guy if you don't know him or the story. I'll pray for you tho..."
"After trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you've got that vengeance in your heart like, 'All right, that's how you're going to do it? F*ck it, let's go ball.'"
-- Bennett, out for revenge. (Jeff Howe, Twitter)
"Like I told the guys, in order for the Phoenix to be reborn, he must first rise from the ashes."
-- Bennett, comparing himself to a mythological bird that won't stay dead. (Mark Daniels, Twitter)
"This time, I was just sitting on a bean bag literally feeling sorry for myself. You go from [Disneyland] to a bean bag. It's a nice bean bag, but at the same time, I was like, 'what am I going to do?'"
-- Bennett, saying that the first time New England acquired him, he learned about it at the happiest place on earth. This time, he was depressed on a beanbag like a broke college kid. (Mark Daniels, Twitter)
"When Bill called, I was like no f*cking way." (Mark Daniels, Twitter)
-- Bennett's reaction to a phone call from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal also reported that Bennett told his agent to tell teams "not to claim him because he was going to get surgery." Clearly Bennett's former team was the exception to that order.
GEEZ, TWO TIGHT END CONTROVERSIES THIS WEEK?
"Vikings GM Rick Spielman tells me he has spoken with the NFL and FOX to express the team feels it's inappropriate to have Panthers TE Greg Olsen in broadcast booth for their game vs. Rams on Sunday. Olsen can come off IR soon. Vikings at Panthers on Dec. 10."
-- NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reported this following the announcement that Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen would be a guest color commentator on Sunday's Vikings game vs. the Los Angeles Rams. (Tom Pelissero, Twitter)
"The notion that I'm going to gain an unfair advantage is crazy. We have scouts at every game across the league. I'm going to have enough trouble on my hands broadcasting a game let alone looking for little nuances on the sideline. I don't know how much time I'll have for stealing of secrets."
NICK SABAN'S WAR ON DISTRESSED JEANS
"I just want to know how we got there. I just walked by some jeans, wore-out jeans, holes in 'em. When I was a kid in West Virginia when my jeans were wore out. Now they buy 'em that way. How'd we get here?"
-- Alabama head coach Nick Saban simply cannot comprehend the idea that people buy jeans with the holes already in them. (Aaron Suttles, Twitter)
THOMAS TURNS TO TWITTER WITH TECH TROUBLES
"Does the Live Photo feature on iPhones drive anyone else nuts? Why can't you permanently turn it off? Maybe I'm just technologically challenged"
"Maybe try a Samsung?"
"How do I anti-like a comment?"
-- Thomas asks Twitter a new tech question. (Joe Thomas, Twitter)
SAME CAPTAIN, MULTIPLE SINKING SHIPS
"He's played on sh*tty teams."
TEAMMATES JUST HELPING EACH OTHER OUT
"We were just trying to get Johnny [Hekker] in the Pro Bowl again"
DO I STILL HAVE NCAA ELIGIBILITY LEFT? BECAUSE I WANNA PLAY FOR THIS GUY
"I am not trying to recruit Swag masters, dancers, fashion experts, professional trash talkers, 'grown ass men!' or stand up comedians ... I am trying to recruit Football Players. Hard-nosed, team first, coach-able, dirty, nasty, gritty, Football Players. Give me those guys."
-- State University of New York College at Buffalo defensive backs coach Jordan Hoolihan lays out the itinerary for the kind of players he wants to recruit. (Jordan Hoolihan, Twitter)
MIKE ZIMMER, MAN OF MYSTERY
"Why would I tell you when I haven't told anybody else?"
-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer plays coy during a press conference when asked if he knows who is going to start at quarterback this Sunday. (Judd Zulgad, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities)
SOME RIVALRIES TAKE PRIORITY OVER EVERYTHING -- EVEN FAMILY
"All my family is from Texas and a lot of them say they're Eagles fans, but I think deep down they root. Like even last year, the Cowboys go to the playoffs, and I heard my grandma in there rooting for Dallas. And I said to her 'If you want to live to see 75 you better shut your ass up.' Just messin' with her, but it is what it is."
THIS WEEK IN SODIAL MEDIA
HATS OFF TO MARQUISE GOODWIN
Marquise Goodwin scored this emotional 83-yard touchdown just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their newborn baby boy due to complications during pregnancy. (h/t @MaioccoNBCS) pic.twitter.com/zTrqhNBNQc
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 13, 2017
-- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin breaks down after an 83-yard touchdown. Goodwin and his wife lost their newborn son that morning due to complications during the pregnancy.
I just wanna thank those who've genuinely prayed for @morganakamomo & myself through out this pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am. Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan. The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family.
-- Goodwin's Instagram post regarding the tragic loss.
A TROLL TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING
-- Ten years ago, Georgia celebrated a 45-20 win over Auburn with some dancing to "Crank Dat" by Soulja Boy.
— Justin Hokanson (@TheJHokanson) November 12, 2017
-- Saturday, following Auburn's upset of previously undefeated Georgia, the Tigers brought back the viral mega-hit from a decade ago in order to come full circle.
THE ONLY THING IN WHICH THE CFL CAN COMPETE WITH THE NFL: CELEBRATIONS
I'm telling you people, turn the CFL game on ASAP. pic.twitter.com/GjQeg1a5Sf
— Josh S. (@joshellman) November 12, 2017
-- In a year of great celebrations from a more fun NFL, the Ottawa Redblacks have thrown their hat into the ring for Celebration of the Year.
DWAYNE ALLEN ENTERS UNIQUE COMPANY
Dwayne Allen joins the "1 TD from Brady" club - some excellent names on this list pic.twitter.com/WuBMZLh3eB
— Christian Arcand (@ChristianArcand) November 13, 2017
-- In celebration of New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen's touchdown reception during Sunday Night Football, let's take a look at the elite Tom Brady 1-TD Reception Club
LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST
-- Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern announcing that he was being "randomly" drug tested by the NFL a few days after booming a 74-yard punt against the Cincinnati Bengals.
LOOK MA, NO HANDS
Will Clapp shows off his true talents.
While discussing his toughness to push through injury, the #LSU center pauses to catch - using only his mouth - a piece of food thrown to him by Foster Moreau.
"What was that? It's good." pic.twitter.com/2XYL6jcMeX
— Mike Gegenheimer (@Mike_Gegs) November 13, 2017
-- LSU center Will Clapp tries to display his value at wide receiver (if he's allowed to catch Air Bud-style)