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Former Patriots Wide Receiver Tells Incredible Bill Belichick Story

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks off of the field after defeating the Chicago Bears 38-31 at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Donte Stallworth told an incredible Bill Belichick story on a recent podcast appearance.

Stallworth, 39, played for the Patriots in 2007 and again in 2012. Unfortunately, Stallworth's second stint in New England didn't go very well. He suffered an ankle injury in his first game back and missed the rest of the season.

The former veteran NFL wide receiver admitted on a podcast appearance with Michael Silver that Belichick kept him on the Patriots roster despite getting hurt.

Belichick wanted the veteran wide receiver to continue to collect game checks from the Patriots. He also wanted Stallworth to gain another year of play for retirement/pension purposes.

"I signed with the Patriots late in the 2012 season after (Julian Edelman) broke his foot. My first game back I suffered a partial ligament tear in my ankle and expected the traditional medical settlement. But Belichick had other plans in mind ... a side of BB most never hear," he told Silver.

You don't hear stories about Belichick like this very often, but there's a reason for that. He's a private man who doesn't seek credit for things like this.

Still, it's pretty cool to hear.

The Patriots, meanwhile, are set to take on the Raiders at 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS.