Bourbonnais, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago Bears have suspended and fined tight end Martellus Bennett for fighting with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller during Monday’s practice.
Bears general manager Phil Emery said Bennett was suspended for his conduct detrimental to the deal. However, he did not specify the length of the suspension nor disclose the amount of the fine.
“Last night, we made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time,” Emery said. “This is a process that we’re working with Martellus. We are in contact with him.”
“Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He’s a very loved and respected teammate. We want him back, but it’s a process we have to work through,” he added.
Emery said the tight end is not with the team at training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
“He will remain on the active roster but he will not be involved in any team activities at this time,” he said.
Bennett’s dustup with Fuller took place during Monday’s practice after a routine play in which the first-round draft pick attempted to strip the ball loose after the tight end made a reception.
While attempting to force a fumble, Fuller grabbed near the chest area of Bennett’s shoulder pads and pulled him to the ground. Bennett rose to his feet, walked toward Fuller and pushed him, before bodyslamming the rookie to the ground.
The fracas required several players to break up and led coach Marc Trestman to end practice earlier than scheduled.