Martellus Bennett facing backlash after playing with Patriots days after being cut by Packers

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett was the subject of severe backlash this weekend as questions continue to swirl around his reported shoulder injury.

Bennett, who played with the Patriots last season and was a part of their historic Super Bowl LI win, signed with the Green Bay Packers over the offseason. He started in seven games through the first nine weeks for Green Bay, but the team ultimately cut him on November 8, citing a failure to disclose a medical condition.

The tight end had previously revealed that he was considering retirement and surgery on his injured shoulder. However, those options seemed to be swept off the table when Bill Belichick and the Patriots came calling late last week.

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Rounding up the most gruesome sports injuries in recent memory

During the NBA season opener in Cleveland Tuesday night, Gordon Hayward, in his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics, suffered a horrific injury to his left ankle that likely ended his season.

The incident was not only devastating for Hayward and his teammates, whose season changed dramatically in an instant, but also for all who bore witness to it. Players on the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as fans in attendance, were visibly shaken by the scene, with many taking a moment to pray.

Several athletes across the major sporting leagues reached out to Hayward to express their support and condolences on social media — several of whom have suffered similarly tragic injuries themselves.

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