Phil Emery announced during Tuesdays practice that Martellus Bennett has been fined and suspended for an undetermined amount of time for conduct detrimental to the team. Bennett is not currently with the team in Bourbonnais.
Nearly two hours into Monday’s practice, Bennett was brought down by his shoulder pads by top pick Kyle Fuller after the rookie made a clean play by breaking up a pass in the tight red zone drill. After hitting the ground, Bennett (6-6, 265 pounds) immediately bounced up, first shoving Fuller (6-0, 190) before body slamming the first-round pick.
"Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible," Emery said. "He's a very loved and respected teammate and we want him back, but it's a process we have to work through. He will remain on the active, 90-man roster, but he will not be involved in any team activities at this time."
Marc Trestman said that he has been in contact with Bennett and that the team is supporting him during the suspension.
"I want you to know that we’re in communication with Marty. I’ll be talking with him today," he said. "We’ve got a plan and a process in place. And as I told the team today, we love him. He works hard. He loves football. He’s a good father and we want to get him back as soon as we can and we’ll go through this process and when the time is right he’ll be back."
Bennett had 65 catches for 759 yards and five touchdowns last season, his first with the Bears. He has been involved in several scuffles in practice, dating back to last training camp and including a dust-up with Lamarr Houston in OTAs this spring.
“I don’t think you can process it. It’s a tough situation," Jay Cutler said after practice. "I thought Kyle did a great job of handling himself and we’ll move forward. We’re all supporting Marty and hope we get him back soon.”
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer echoed Cutler's sentiment about looking forward to getting Bennett back.
"We’re really looking forward to Marty’s return," he asid. "...Everybody on the team wants Marty back. We want the right Marty back. He had 65 catches last year, and he’s a good person and a good father, and we want that guy on the field."