Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago Bears have reinstated tight end Martellus Bennett, six days after suspending him indefinitely for fighting rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller in practice.
Bennett’s punishment stemmed from a fight at practice last Monday with Fuller. During the incident, the tight end reportedly slammed the rookie cornerback to the ground.
“I think I could’ve handled the situation differently,” Bennett said. “We can talk about it right now, but [I would've handled it] any way differently than I did. I think everything in life is about learning lessons.”
“Whatever situation you’re going [through], you always learn from it whether it’s good or bad. There’s always a lesson or moral to the story,” he added.
With the suspension, Bennett missed two days of practice and a walk-through leading into Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Throughout the suspension, Bennett and coach Marc Trestman remained in contact, with the tight end.
Asked about what he needed to do to return to the team, Bennett declined to discuss specifics.
“We’ll keep that in house,” Bennett said. “I did everything they asked me to do. That’s why I’m standing in front of y’all right now. So everything they asked me to do, I did, and I did it exceptionally well.”
Chicago’s reserve tight ends received extra work in Friday’s game due to Bennett’s suspension, and they capitalized on the opportunity.
Zach Miller, Dante Rosario and Jeron Mastrud caught a combined 10 passes for 112 yards. Miller led the way with 68 yards on six grabs for two touchdowns.
“It’s always tough to watch the game. You want to be out there with your team. But the tight ends did me proud,” Bennett said.