Bears suspend Bennett after fight

Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings....

Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings. David Banks/Getty Images/AFP

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Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was fined and suspended indefinitely for a fight Monday at training camp with rookie first-round pick Kyle Fuller.

Bennett did no practice Tuesday and general manager Phil Emery said the suspension will prevent Bennett from being involved in all team activities. Bennett was not present at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., and Emery said it's unknown when he will return.

"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."

Fuller, the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, dropped Bennett to the field while trying to force a fumble in Monday's practice. Bennett, riled by the jarring blow, got to his feet and pulled Fuller to the ground.

Head coach Marc Trestman, who is preaching throughout camp the need for unity and character to achieve the team's lofty goals, stopped practice immediately.

Emery said he informed the team of the Bears' decision on Bennett, who signed a four-year, $20 million deal in March 2013. The Bears would not disclose the amount of Bennett's fine.

"He was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team," Emery said. "That's where we're at with that. And there won't be any further information on that. Everything else will be kept within the team."

Dante Rosario and Zach Miller will likely split the reps at tight end until Bennett returns.

 


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