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Clay Matthews: Packers got a good laugh out of Martellus Bennett situation

Clay Matthews: Packers got a good laugh out of Martellus Bennett situation
Published On: Thu, Nov 16
Jan 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Irvin linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers (52) breaks up a pass intended for Team Carter tight end Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears (83) in the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Martellus Bennett is playing for the New England Patriots now, and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews found some humor in it.

The Packers cut Bennett last week with the designation that he failed to disclose a physical condition, and then Bennett fired back by saying he needed surgery but claimed that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie tried to make him play, which is exactly what Bennett did after the Patriots claimed him off waivers.

"We all got a good laugh from it," Matthews said. "It is what it is. Martellus is in their locker room now and not here anymore. So now we're just focused on the guys we have in here."

Although Matthews wouldn't say outright that Bennett was willing to play hurt for Tom Brady but not Packers backup Brett Hundley, the Packers Pro Bowl linebacker said: "He seemed to suit up and looked good on Sunday night."

"You know what, I think everybody knows the story there -- we don't need to talk about it much more," Matthews added. "Like I said, we're focused on the guys in the locker room, but it's an interesting story that will probably be talked about for a while."

Bennett caught three passes for 38 yards on Sunday in his return to the Patriots, where he played last season before he signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Packers in March. The deal contained a $6.3 million signing bonus, and the Packers are expected to go after the unamortized portion of that, which totals $4.2 million.

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