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DENVER – Martellus Bennett said Sunday he thought being waived by the Green Bay Packers earlier this week truly marked the end of his season, and he was preparing himself for shoulder surgery and a “desk job” to occupy his time as an unemployed football player.

He even told his agent to advise teams that he was planning on surgery, so it would be unwise to place a waiver claim on him.

That changed when Bill Belichick was interested.

“I was like, 'no (expletive) way,' ” Bennett told reporters Sunday night.

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With the chance to return to New England, where Bennett was a big part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl champion team last year, the veteran tight end said he’d eschew surgery on his shoulder and play. He passed his physical, practiced with the Patriots on Friday morning, flew with the team to Denver that afternoon, and caught three passes in Sunday’s 41-16 win over the Broncos.

“You get that vengeance in your heart and you say, ‘(expletive) it,’ and go ball,” Bennett said.

Belichick declined to say if the Patriots had any concerns about his shoulder, other than saying he was listed on the team’s injury report. Indeed, Bennett was designated as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Belichick said Bennett worked extra on Friday with coaches to pick up some of the changes to the Patriots’ offense, though his familiarity with Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ play calls helped him get on the field so quickly.

Bennett on Friday posted a lengthy tirade about his shoulder and the medical treatment he said he received in Green Bay. Several Packers players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, issued their own statements in support of Green Bay’s team doctor, whom Bennett criticized.

Bennett said that response from former teammates didn’t bother him.

“It’s like, 'I’m rubber, you're glue, whatever you says bounces off me and sticks it back to you,' " Bennett said. "At this point, it's nothing else anyone can say to me in my career that could make me feel any way toward myself."

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