A day after Chicago Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett body slammed rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground during practice, Bears’ general manager Phil Emery announced on Tuesday that Bennett has been suspended indefinitely.
Emery did not disclose how long Bennett’s suspension would last but indicated that the tight end should be back sooner rather than later.
“This is a process that we’re working with Martelllus on,” Emery said. “We are in contact with him. Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He’s a loved and respected teammate and we want him back. But it’s a process that we’ll have to work with.”-Phil Emery, Chicago Tribune
By all accounts from practice on Monday, the altercation between Fuller and Bennett was not the issue. After the altercation, Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall proceeded to talk to Bennett in an attempt to calm the tight end down. From there, it was believed that Marshall and Bennett had some sort of heated exchange.
Marshall, for what it’s worth, was not participating in any team drills on Tuesday during practice but was dressed to participate.
Bennett is the best tight end that the Bears have on their roster and is a big part of the Bears’ offense. Therefore, Bennett’s suspension should not linger past this week.
Bennett was involved in an incident last summer during training camp with safety Chris Conte and it appears that the tight end’s nonchalant approach to practice has irked some of his Bears’ teammates.
In any event, Emery and head coach Marc Trestman remain confident in Bennett’s status as a teammate in the Bears’ locker room.