When speaking with reporters after the Chicago Bears 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman did not rule out the idea that suspended tight end Martellus Bennett may return to practice for the Bears on Sunday.
“I can’t say that. It has not been decided one way or the other,” Trestman said. “We’ll continue to get focused a little bit on that over the next 24 hours, and certainly I’ll let you know on Sunday where we are.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Bennett was suspended by the Bears on Monday night after the veteran tight end had an altercation with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. During practice on Monday, Bennett body slammed Fuller to the ground after the rookie went to strip the ball from the tight end after he hailed in a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler. After the incident, Bennett proceeded to have a heated exchange with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was attempting to calm Bennett down.
When making the announcement on Tuesday morning, Bears’ general manager Phil Emery did not offer a length for Bennett’s suspension. Both Emery and Trestman indicated that Bennett would have to go through a process before returning to the team. The process appears to be Bennett talking with Bears’ officials on a daily basis and then the team determining when he is in the right mindset to return.
Bennett, who is an important piece to the Bears’ offense, likely will return to practice this week. It would seem excessive if Bennett’s suspension lasts through the second game of the Pre-Season.
The Bears play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday and the longer Bennett is suspended, the likelier it is that the tight end will need extra time to prepare for the regular season.